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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 967

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) -I ask the Minister for the Media: Can he say whether there has been any increase in Australian programs on television since the introduction of the second stage of the points systems on 30 June? In which areas of programming is there designed to be an increase under the revised points system?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -The information conveyed to me by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, which is the statutory body established to administer program arrangements, is that there has already been a 33 per cent increase in Australian produced drama as a result of television stations gearing up in advance to meet the requirements of the second stage of the points system which was announced on 29 March and which came into effect last month. Also there has been a 20 per cent increase in children's programming on country television stations and, in addition to the network programs, country stations like Newcastle and Ballarat are producing their own local indigenous children's programs. Country stations in single commercial station areas have had to increase their overall Australian content because they are no longer eligible to receive full points under the system for all programs that are obtained from other sources. Naturally, this has meant increased production of programs by those local stations. I also inform the honourable senator that I am advised that since the introduction of the original points system in August last year there has been a net increase of 15 per cent in news and current affairs programs on metropolitan commercial television stations.

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