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Let cameras into the kitchen



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SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

NEWS RELEASE LET CAMERAS INTO THE KITCHEN CM/10

The only thing stopping a trial telecast of parliamentary proceedings In Canberra is the concern of the ALP Caucus and in particular Mr Keating, that the Opposition should not be given a free kick in the run up to the next Federal election.

This highly undemocratic attitude should be immediately disowned by the Prime Minister who should publicly support his colleague Senator Aulich and the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings which recommended more than 3 years ago (June 1686) that the proceedings

of both Houses be available for television coverage, as is already the case in other Western democracies such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada ,

Mr Keating's sensitivity is understandable - i% is very unlikely that the public will be impressed if it is exposed to full frontal shots of the Treasurer salivating about "sleaze bags* and "criminal garbage".

The Opposition supports a two-week trial coverage subject to the observance of strict guidelines which would ensure fairness, accuracy and balance and the avoidance of satire and ridicule or use for political advertising.

The networks should be able to use actualities from Question Time, Matters of Public Importance, Urgency Debates, Ministerial Statements and the Adjournment Debate for 20 second inserts in news programs.

The Government's continuing reluctance to allow a community window into the democratic process is clear evidence of its political defensiveness and policy tiredness.

For further information contact

Senator Richard Alston on (03) 629 2521

19 July 1989

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