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Thursday, 28 November 1974
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Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -I ask the Minister for the Media: Is it a fact that the Australian Broadcasting Commission now has a facility located in Adelaide for transferring program material to videotape for use in a relay national television station in Alice Springs? Could this facility be used for transferring educational material to video cassettes for use in teaching isolated children? Is there any progress in the development of a national program resources centre to provide material for such teaching, and has there been any consultation on this matter with the State education authorities?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I think I reported to the Senate last year that one of the commercial television stations in Adelaide- I think from recollection it was station SAS- was engaged in making video-tape facilities available to the education authorities of South Australia, and I understand that that arrangement has met with some success. I know that recently, as a result of representations that came to me, I think, from my colleague the Minister for Education, the Australian Broadcasting Commission also was able to extend this type of facility to schools in and around the Alice Springs area. As I mentioned in reply to a question that was asked of me by, I think, Senator Poyser earlier this morning, the whole question of educational broadcasting and what can be done by way of media facilities is being opened up at a national conference to be held at Parliament House in Canberra tomorrow, between myself, my colleague the Minister for Education and the State Ministers for Education. I will be briefed on the matter by officers of the ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, my own Department and the Post Office. I know that the matters to which the honourable senator has referred have been the subject of discussion between those officers, and I hope they will be raised at the conference tomorrow.

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