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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1288

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) -Has the Minister for the Media seen reports in the Press indicating that he has vetoed the participation of the Australian Broadcasting Commission in the televising of the Victorian Football League grand final in Melbourne next weekend? Are these reports correct? If so, why has it been necessary to have Government intervention in this area?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I can allay Senator Poyser 's fears immediately. I have seen the report to which he has referred. I assure him that there is no veto either by me or by the Government in this matter. The decision has been left to and has remained with the Australian Broadcasting Commission. I understand that yesterday the chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Commission made a statement that the decision was one purely for the Commission. The simple fact is that the Australian Broadcasting Commission took the trouble to inform me, as the Minister responsible to this Parliament for its activities, of the attitude which it would be adopting to the negotiations. I must say that when I was advised of the decision of the Commission I made an approach to my colleague the Minister for Tourism and Recreation to see whether funds were available from his Department for this purpose, but he assured me that such funds are not available for the purpose.

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