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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2674

Mr GILES (ANGAS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I address my question to the Prime Minister. Last week the honourable gentleman indicated that he did not recall donations from multi-national companies being made to the Australian Labor Party. Is it true, as reported in the 'Age* last October, that 'It's Time' commercials were screened free of charge in Greater Union theatres throughout Australia prior to the December 1972 elections? Is it true that the Greater Union group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a multi-national corporation? Has he assessed the cost of this apparent donation from an overseas source? Would he care to have the commercials repeated at present?

Mr WHITLAM - I will be very happy to have any cinema proprietors or drive-in theatre proprietors show Australian Labor Party commercials free of charge and in fact to show any Party commercials free of charge. I believe it is a public service which cinemas and drive-ins should discharge. I fear that the cinema industry is one industry which is and has been for very many years - I think even 50 years ago there were disputes over this very fact - controlled from overseas. There are very large American and British shareholdings, maybe controlling interests, in cinema chains in Australia.

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