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Tuesday, 16 February 1971
Page: 73


Mr Keogh asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(t)   Will he state the reasons for the abolition of the Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee on Broadcasting.

(2)   In view of the increasing criticism of many aspects of television and radio broadcasting, will the Government give early consideration to the re-establishment of the committee.


Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   lt was decided in February 1950, not to reconstitute the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Broadcasting because die functions of the Committee, advising the Postmaster-General on broadcasting matters, had been absorbed by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board which had been established in 1949. Subsequent amendments to the Broadcasting and Television Act deleted provision for such a committee.

(2)   The Government has no plans lor reestablishment of such a committee, nor is the Government aware of any shortcomings or criticism of the services which would justify such a course, having regard to the functions and competence of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board to deal with such mutters.







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