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X AUSTRALIA,.^ M inister for Transport and Communications Senator Gareth Evans Q.C.

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COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY C. I . S. 1 September 1988

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APPOINTMENTS TO ABT VIOLENCE INQUIRY

Dr Patricia Edgar AM, Professor Peter Sheehan and Mr George Negus have been appointed Associate Members of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal (ABT) to assist in its inquiry into the portrayal of violence on television.

I have been advised by the chairman of the ABT, Miss Deirdre O'Connor, that she will personally head the Tribunal Division that will conduct the inquiry.

The other full-time member of the Division will be Mr Michael Ramsden, whose appointment to the ABT was announced yesterday. Miss O'Connor and Mr Ramsden will be assisted on a part-time

basis by the three new Associate Members.

The Associate Members are all well equipped to make important contributions to the inquiry.

Since 1982, Dr Edgar has been Director of the Australian Children's Television Foundation. Dr Edgar has written widely on the media. Among her publications is "Children and Screen Violence".

Professor Sheehan has been Academic Director of Research at the University of Queensland since 1987, and also a Professor of Psychology since 1973.

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During 1982-87 Professor Sheehan was a member of the Commonwealth

Cinematograph Films Board of Review and in 1986-87 was elected Chairman of the Board. He has been involved in an international project on the effects of television violence on children and has written widely on the effects of exposure to violence.

Mr Negus is a highly regarded journalist and co-host of the

"Today" program. His broad journalistic knowledge and experience

in the television industry will provide the industry knowledge

necessary for the inquiry.

Dr Edgar, Professor Sheehan and Mr Negus have all been appointed for the term of the Inquiry into Violence on Television which I announced on 22 August 1988. ,

The inquiry will focus on the portrayal, depiction and reporting

of violence on television, and will hold public hearings as well

as considering relevant submissions.

Biographical details for the Associate Members are attached.

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CANBERRA

For further information

Ministerial: John Stanton (062) 77 7200 Mick Trimmer (062) 77 7200

ABT: Janette Paramore (02) 959 7950

CURRICULUM VITAE

NAME: Patricia May EDGAR AM

ADDRESS: 8 Mount Street, Eaglemont, Vic 3084

BIRTHDATE: 11 March 1937

PRESENT POSITION: Director of the Australian

Children's Television Foundation since 1982

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts

Diploma in Education Bachelor of Education (Hons) Master of Arts Doctor of Philosophy

PREVIOUS POSITIONS INCLUDED: since 1985 Commissioner, Victorian Post-Secondary Education Commission

1983-85 Member, UNICEF National Education Committee

1982 Member, Victorian Film Board

1981-82 Chairman, Graduate Diploma Board, Australian Film and Television School (Chairman Academic Board 1978-79)

1981 Task Force Director, Australian

Children’s Television Foundation

1980 Australian Education Children's

Television Working Group

1980-82 Member, Interim Board for Educational Film and Television (Vic)

1978-84 Chairman, Children's Program Committee, Australian Broadcasting Tribunal

1978-82 Member, Australian National Commission, UNESCO, Communication Sub-committee

1972-81 Senior Lecturer, School of Education, La Trobe University

1970-71 Chairperson, Centre for the Study of Educational Communication and Media

1970-71 Lecturer, School of Education, La Trobe University

1969 Acting Director Research Ford

Foundation Project, University Chicago

PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE

1979 The Politics of the Press

1977 Children and Screen Violence 1974 Media She

1973 Under Five in Australia

CURRICULUM VITAE

NAME:

DATE OF BIRTH:

ADDRESS:

PRESENT POSITIONS:

EDUCATION:

PREVIOUS POSITIONS INCLUDED:

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS:

Since 1988

PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE:

Peter Winston SHEEHAN

8 December 1941

25 Glenfield Street Hill End Qld 4101

Academic Director of Research University of fiueensland (since 1987) Professor of Hychology

(since 1973)

Bachelor of Arts Doctor of Philosophy

1986-87 Chairman Commonwealth Cinematograph films Board of Review

1982-87 Member

Commonwealth Cinematograph films Board of Review

since 1987 Member lustralian Vice-Chancellor’s Standing Committee on Research

1983-85 Chairman Cueen Elizabeth II Fellowship Member

1979-85 Member

lustralian Research Grants Committee (Chairman 1983-85)

1971-72 Senior Lecturer (Psychology) fniversity of New England NSW

1967-68 Assistant Professor City College lew York

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; Member of the lustralian Psychological Society;

Member of the American Psychological Association; President, International Society of Psychology.

The Function a»d Nature of Imagery (1972) Methodologies ef Hypnosis (1976) Hypnosis and Experience (1982)

CURRICULUM VITAE

NAME: George NEGUS

ADDRESS:

BIRTHDATE:

EDUCATION:

PRESENT POSITION:

PREVIOUS POSITIONS INCLUDE:

13 March 1942

Bachelor of Arts Diploma of Journalism University of Queensland

Host of the TODAY programme; Political Interviewer, SUNDAY program

1986-87 Current affairs and talkback program on Radio 2UE

1978-86 Reporter, "60 Minutes"

1978 Special Interviewer, "A Current Affair"; Columnist, "The Weekend Australian"

1976-77 Political Correspondent, "This Day Tonight"

1975 Reporter,

"This Day Tonight"

1974-75 Political and Feature Writer, Australian Financial Review

1972-73 Private Secretary, Press Secretary, and Speech Writer to the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, later Attorney General, Senator Lionel Murphy