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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1927

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister for the Media. With the introduction of colour television and the variety of colour television sets available, particularly from overseas, what steps has the Government taken to inform people of the traps involved in buying these expensive sets? Has the Government made people aware of the excellent document, 'Australian Buyers Guide', published by the Consumer Standards Association on the problems involved and care needed in the purchase of colour television sets?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -The Australian Consumers Association, through the Department of Science and in conjunction with officers of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, earlier this year prepared a guide for prospective buyers of colour television sets. I think that is the document to which Senator Young has drawn attention. The fact that the publication became available as from about August last year was given wide circulation at that time. The fact that it has been available from the Australian Government bookshops has been fairly widely publicised by my Department, or it was at the time that it became available. Now that the honourable senator has raised the issue of the publication it might be worth while for my Department to consider again advertising it, especially as colour television sets are being purchased at present. Certainly I will discuss the worthwhile and constructive suggestion with officers of my Department.

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