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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr HULME - I reject almost completely the comments which the honorable member has made concerning the television programmes of companies which have commercial television licences in the capital cities and provincial towns of Australia. I feel that the managements of these companies do . their very best, having regard to all the circumstances, to provide suitable programmes within the general requirements laid down by the Australian. Broadcasting Control Board. It would be impos sible for me to carry in my mind the actual percentage of Australian programmes televised by each of the companies in Australia, but I can make this information available to honorable members in a statement, if that is what they desire.

Having regard to all the circumstances, I believe that it is not easy for the commercial television- stations to meet the very high cost of imported films and the much higher cost of Australian programmes, especially in the areas of culture, drama and so on, and still make a reasonable profit on their capital investment.

I hope to be able in the not too distant future to make a statement to the House which will give honorable members an opportunity to express their own views at length on these matters if they wish to do so. They will then be able to base their comment on real information rather than guesswork.

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