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Thursday, 7 October 1971
Page: 2135

Mr Stewart asked the Postmaster-

General, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that Austrama Television Pty Ltd (ATVO), in its original application for a television licence, staled that the two major objectives of the station would be to provide an overall programme pattern to foster national sentiment and pride in Australia and Australian achievements and to make Channel O the family station whose programmes may be viewed by all members of the family.

(2)   If so, is the Australian Broadcasting Control Board convinced that a definite and concerted attempt has been made by Channel O to achieve its objectives.

Sir Alan Hulme (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The licensee of A TV has endeavoured to the best of its ability to comply with the Programme Standards of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, which is the only obligation imposed on it.

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