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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 494

Mr Hunt asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Media, upon notice:

(1)   Will the Minister fully investigate the desirability of giving the Commonwealth Film Unit independence by introducing a Bill to provide it with statutory status.

(2)   Has the Minister examined the operation of the National Film Board in Canada which is a statutory body.

(3)   Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the growing demands of the members of the Commonwealth Film Unit for independent statutory status of the unit.

Mr Morrison - The Minister for the Media has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The question of the Commonwealth Film Unit obtaining Statutory Authority status is one that has been proposed in a number of quarters. I understand a suggestion along these lines was made to the previous Government but not adopted. Due regard has been given to the reasons in support but it has been decided by me at this stage that the CFU has a much better future as a division of the Department of the Media than it may have as a Statutory Authority. Action has been taken to upgrade the Unit in name and status, and give it more independence. It is the Government's intention to see that creative film making in this country is encouraged and that the Commonwealth Film Unit, now known as Film Australia, will have every possible opportunity of becoming a significant example of this development.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   See answer to (1).

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