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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 322

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

My question is directed to the Minister representing the Postmaster-General. Has Mr Bruce Petty, the famous Australian cartoonist, been banned from making any appearance on the programme 'This Day Tonight'? Will the Minister ascertain who issued the ban and what was the reason for it? If the ban is in writing, will the Minister produce a copy of the document for the Senate?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am unaware whether there is any such direction as Senator Douglas McClelland suggests. But I say to him, as I said earlier to Senator Gietzelt, that if there is any such direction it is a matter which is made internally - within the Australian Broadcasting Commission. I will convey to the-

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Attorney-General is not responsible for anything so far as the Australian Broadcasting Commission is concerned, is he?

The ACTING PRESIDENT- Order! Senator Douglas McClelland has asked his question. I ask that the Attorney-General be allowed to answer it.

Senator GREENWOOD - Senator Douglas McCelland suggests that there is a responsibility. He knows full well that the Government has no responsibility in terms of who is to be employed in the Australian Broadcasting Commission. These are matters for the Commission itself and the honourable senator well knows that. I will convey to the Postmaster-General his request for information. Of course, the Postmaster-General will seek it from the Commission. I trust that we can get the information to the honourable senator as quickly as possible.

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