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Tuesday, 14 September 1971
Page: 1304

Mr Stewart asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

What is the current requirement on commercial . television stations for the televising of programmes of Australian origin.

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

The requirements for Australian content in the programme of commercial television stations determined by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board are as follows:

Current Requirements -

(a)   stations which have completed three years of operation shall present for not less than SO per cent of transmission time, programmes which are credited as being Australian in origin;

(b)   between 7.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. 18 hours of Australian programmes shall be presented each month, including two hours of Australian drama; of the 18 hours of Australian programmes, at least eight hours must be televised between 7.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. at the rate of two hours per week;

(c)   special credits are allowed for drama programmes and constructive children's programmes in connection with the overall SO percent requirement, and British Commonwealth programmes are allowed limited credit as if they were Australian productions.

Proposed Requirements

Following a review by the Board, new requirements as follows are to come into effect from 20th September 1971.

(a)   not less than SO per cent of transmission time between 6.00 a.m. and 12 midnight shall consist of programmes of Australian origin;

(b)   forty-five per cent of transmission time between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. must be occupied by Australian programmes; this requirement is to be increased to 50 per cent from 26th June, 1972;

(c)   at least six hours of. first release Australian drama shall be televised between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m.;

(d)   Australian produced programmes for children of school age shall be provided for not less than four hours per month at times when it is practicable for school children to be viewing; and

(e)   for the purpose of calculating the percentage of programme transmission time occupied by programmes of Australian origin mentioned in (a) and (b) above, special credits will be applied to the following types of programmes'.

(i)   first release indigenous drama productions, that is plays written in Australia or by Australians and performed by Australians will be credited as being twice their actual duration:

(ii)   other first release Australian drama programmes will be credited as being one and one half times their actual duration; and

(iii)   programmes for children, designed and produced in Australia will be credited as being twice their actual duration.

As from the introduction of new requirements on 20th September 1971, credit loadings will no longer be allowed for British Commonwealth programmes and repeats of Australian drama.

Papua New Guinea: Education (Question No. 3663)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

External Territories, upon notice:

When will he table the Weeden report on education in the Territory of Papua New Guinea.

Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The members of the Advisory Committee on Education, Messrs W. J. Weeden, C. E. Beeby and G. B. Gris presented to me on 30th October 1969 their report on Education in Papua New Guinea. The report was tabled in the House of Assembly on 11th November 1969.

Recently Mr W. J. Weeden prepared for me an advising on the future role of the Australian School of Pacific Administration at Mosman, New South Wales. It includes consideration of the future location for teacher training of Australians for service in Papua New Guinea. The Government will be considering the future role and activities of the School in the near future in the light of Mr Weeden's advice and that of the Commonwealth departments and Papua New Guinea authorities involved, and its decision will be announced as soon as possible. This report is in the form of a private advising to me.

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