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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2713

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for the Media: Did the Department of the Media convene an international television symposium in Sydney last week? Can the Minister say how it was received by those who attended it and what have been its results? Is it intended to hold similar seminars in the future?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I think it is fair to say that the seminar that was held in Sydney last week, arranged by my Department, was an outstanding success. I think it is fair to say that it was received generally with acclaim by the industry and those who attended. A wide crosssection of the media industry was in attendance. Therefore, a great divergence of views was put forward. It certainly brought about a better understanding on the part of everyone concerned of the problems that are involved in media affairs in Australia. The Australian Broadcasting Commission co-operated with my Department by arranging for the holding of a 'Monday Conference' discussion, which was telecast last night, between the right honourable Lord Willis of Chislehurst, who is in the gallery today and Mr Nicholas Johnson of the Federal Communications Commission. The honourable senator asked me whether it is intended to hold other seminars. I think it is fair to say that my Department is so impressed with the results and the reception that this seminar received that it is now looking at the possibility of holding a similar seminar in connection with the broadcasting industry about March or April of 1975. 1 add, for the benefit of the honourable senator, that in

October 1975 the Australian Broadcasting Commission will convene, in Australia, a Commonwealth conference on educational broadcasting. Again, Australia is setting a lead in this valuable area.

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