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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 2627

Senator McMANUS (VICTORIA) -Will the Minister for the Media take notice that, like other viewers of television, I am sick and tired of an almost daily diet of the opinions of Laurie Carmichael, Jack Mundey, Norm Gallagher and Jack Halfpenny, all members of the Communist Party? Without interfering with the independence of the television companies, is there any way he could suggest to them that there are other trade union leaders?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -The honourable senator is well aware that there are other trade union leaders. It appears to me however that members of the Opposition complain bitterly when any trade union leader, including the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Mr Bob Hawke, appears on television to express the point of view of the industrial organisation by which he has been elected. I do not intend to set myself up as a censor of political programs or as an arbiter of taste. All I can say is that these are matters for the opinion of the television programmers themselves and, if they believe any person has a newsworthiness value attaching to him, undoubtedly he will be given the air.

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