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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1115

Senator EVERETT (TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister for the Media: Has the Department of the Media completed its survey of television and audio visual equipment available in schools throughout Australia? If so, can the Minister indicate the results of this survey? Will these results be made public? When does the Minister anticipate that he and his colleague the Minister for Education will be able to meet State Ministers for Education to discuss plans for the development of television and audio visual systems in Australian schools?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I assume that the honourable senator is referring to the survey being undertaken by my Department in conjunction with the Australian Department of Education to ascertain the availability in schools of film, television and audio visual facilities. The project was undertaken by my Department in conjunction with the Australian Department of Education earlier this year. To date there has been about an 86 per cent response to the questionnaires which were sent out to practically every secondary school in Australia. We are hoping to get an almost 100 per cent response. I am given to understand that the first results of the survey are expected to be available at the end of this month. When those results are available I certainly shall discuss with my colleague the Minister for Education the question raised by the honourable senator about making the results public. As far as the conference with State Ministers of Education on the subject of educational broadcasting is concerned, we had tentatively made arrangements earlier this year for a conference to be held, I think, early in May. Because of the double dissolution and the general election which occurred at that time that conference had to be temporarily suspended. My colleague Mr Beazley and I are now negotiating with one another and with the States for the purpose of arranging another suitable date. Hopefully that will be about the middle or the end of November.

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