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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr WHITLAM - 1 ask the PostmasterGeneral a . question about the Commonwealth and State ministerial conferences on the Weeden Committee's report on educational television which was made in October 1964 and tabled in May 1966. I note from the communique the honourable gentleman issued after the last of these ministerial conferences last November that appreciation was expressed for the manner, in which the Australian Broadcasting Commission's educational programmes were prepared, in both content and quality, and that the State Education Ministers requested that additional finance should be made available to the ABC to expand its activities in the educational television area. 1 ask the honourable gentleman whether he took account of this unanimous request by the Stale Education Ministers - I believe they were all political allies of his - when he told the Australian Broadcasting Commissioners the week before last that the increase in their appropriation for the next financial year would be no greater than the increase in their appropriations in this and recent years. How much additional finance has he agreed that the ABC should have for this additional activity which has been sought by all the Education Ministers in the States?

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