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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 494

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

(1)   How many programs in the series 'Adventure Island' have been purchased by the Australian Broadcasting Commission and what was the average cost of a program in this series.

(2)   What is the average cost of other programs comparable to 'Adventure Island' (a) produced locally and (b) purchased from overseas.

(3)   On how many occasions is the Australian Broadcasting Commission entitled to repeat each 'Adventure Island' program and on how many occasions has each program been repeated to date.

(4)   What is the name of the officer or authority within the Australian Broadcasting Commission responsible for the decision to discontinue purchase of programs in the series 'Adventure Island' and what were the reasons given for this decision.

(5)   Is it the policy of the Australian Broadcasting Commission that imaginative material of the type exemplified by 'Adventure Island' should be a permanent feature of its television for children; if so, what is the name and the nature of the program or programs chosen to replace 'Adventure Island'.

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

(1)   and (2) 1,175 programs in the series 'Adventure Island' were produced for the ABC by Mr Godfrey Philipp, a producer engaged on contract using ABC facilities. The ABC does not wish to prejudice Mr Philipp's or its own bargaining position by disclosing in Hansard the negotiated contract fees paid to him, or the costs of overseas programs it has purchased in a competitive market.

(3)   The Commission purchased the right to one only repeat showing of 100 episodes of 'Adventure Island1.

(4)   The decision not to renew the contract for the production of 'Adventure Island' was properly made within the Program Division of the ABC, with the concurrence of Management and the Commission, whose Acting Chairman, in a public statement, gave the reasons for the decision. <5) It is the policy of the ABC that imaginative material should be a permanent feature of its television for children. The ABC will continue to show in place of 'Adventure Island' and at other times, programs designed to serve a wider age group of young people than was formerly possible.

Meat Meal: Increase in Costs (Question No. 476)

Mr Bourchier asked the Minister for Overseas Trade, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to concern expressed by the egg producers of Bendigo at the increasing cost of meat meal.

(2)   Is it a fact that the cost of meat meal has increased by 50 per cent during the last six months, due to overseas demand.

(3)   Will he consider placing controls on the export of this product with the object of assuring supply for local industry at a reasonable price.

Dr J F Cairns - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Representatives have been received from the Victorian Farmers' Union concerning the increasing cost of meat meal.

(2)   The cost of meat meal on the Australian market has increased by 50 per cent during the last six months but it is not known what percentage of this increase is attributable to overseas demand.

(3)   Meat meal is included in the Third Schedule of the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations and consequently cannot be exported unless approval in writing is given by the Department of Primary Industry. The purpose of inclusion of products in the

Third Schedule has been, in general, to ensure availability of supply in Australia rather than to control prices. Following a recent review of the Australian protein meal situation by officials of several departments, the Department of Primary Industry has intensified its oversight of exports of meat meal to ensure that adequate supplies are available on the domestic market.

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