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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1237

Senator HANNAN (Victoria) - 1 shall not detain the Senate for more than 30 seconds. Senator Douglas McClelland and I have many disagreements on many political matters, but there are areas of agreement between us. One is the necessity for governmental encouragement to achieve an increase in the Australian content of our cinema and television material. I should like to point out one of the problems concerned with the programme 'Adventure Island'. It is sad to see that this outstanding programme is to be scrapped by the end of the year. I cannot understand it. I have seen no valid reason advanced as to why it should be scrapped. One of the difficulties that the honourable senator will appreciate and which 1 appreciate is that in the area of programming we must steadfastly refuse to put any pressure on the Australian Broadcasting Commission. lt must remain an independent programming authority. That does not mean that by debate and rational argument we may not possibly suggest to the Commissioners that a decision be reviewed, but from a political point of view it is quite impossible to put pressure on the ABC and say that it shall telecast this programme or it shall not telecast another programme. I have risen merely to draw attention to this and to point out to Senator Douglas McClelland that, in the words of the King of Siam, it is a puzzlement.

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