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Wednesday, 13 June 1984
Page: 2920

Senator BOLKUS —I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Communications and refer him to allegations in today's edition of the Greek newspaper O Kosmos, which I am sure he has not read, concerning a recent programming decision of the Special Broadcasting Service 0-28 television station . I ask: Is it a fact that the SBS had bought an award winning Greek film, 1922, with a view to screening it? Is it also a fact that, after intervention by, amongst others, the Turkish Consul-General in Sydney, the film has not been shown by the SBS? Will the Minister order an investigation into this matter to ensure that SBS programming decisions are not made in response to such political interference?

Senator BUTTON —I am aware that the Special Broadcasting Service has bought the film in question. I am advised that there are problems with subtitling the film as it is in two languages, Turkish and Greek, and this has caused some delays. I am not aware of whether the Turkish Consul intervened. Because of the subtitling problem no decision has been made about when the film is likely to be shown. I will make further inquiries of the Minister for Communications regarding the latter part of the question to see whether I can obtain an answer.