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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 3671

Mr McLeay asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Media, upon notice:

(1)   What criteria are used by the ABC to determine the content and balance of the program 'Four Corners'.

(2)   Following the 45 minute eulogy of Mr J. Mundey, written and directed by Caroline Jones, on the weekend 18-19 August 1973, will the Minister suggest to the Commission that efforts be made to restore this program to its former high level of objective reporting.

Mr Morrison - The Minister for the Media has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   'Four Corners' produced in accordance with the Commission's guide-lines for Public Affairs Programs, details of which have previously been made public. The subjects dealt with in the program are selected on the basis of public interest.

(2)   As I have stated previously, it is the policy of this Government to ensure that the Australian Broadcasting Commission has programming independence. It is for the Commission to decide whether any action needs to be taken in relation to 'Four Corners' or any other ABC program.

Tuggeranong Station (Question No. 903)

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital

Territory, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that workmen are causing damage to livestock and property on Tuggeranong Station which is being surveyed for the development of the new town of Tuggeranong.

(2)   Is it also a fact that the lessee of the property has had two stock horses, one valued at $1,000 shot dead, has lost three cows, and that at least forty sheep have been shot in the hindquarters.

(3)   If the position is as stated, is the lessee of the property regarded as a trespasser and are these actions deliberately designed to frighten the McCormack family off Tuggeranong.

Mr Bryant - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) I am advised by the Minister for Services and Property that surveys are being carried out on Tuggeranong Station, but inquiries from survey Party leaders reveal no knowledge of damage to livestock or other property on the station. I understand that no complaints have been made to the Survey Branch of the Department of Services and Property by Mr McCormack.

(3)   See Hansard, 23.10.73, page 2573.

Canberra: Traffic Accidents (Question No. 794)

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital

Territory, upon notice:

(1)   What are the names of the street intersections in Canberra where most accidents have occurred during the last 18 months.

(2)   What were the dates on which the intersections were completed, and the number of accidents at each intersection since the time of completion.

(3)   Have there been any complaints to the Department alleging that danger existed at these intersections because of faulty design and lack of traffic lights during the last 18 months; if so, have these complaints been investigated and reported on.

(4)   Has he ensured that recommendations for improved warning and traffic lights are being implemented.

(5)   How many alterations has the Department and the National Capital Development Commission effected since 2 December 1972.

Mr Bryant - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The schedule below contains a list of the 10 street intersections in Canberra which had the highest number of traffic accidents in 1972. Statistics for 1973 will be computed after 31.12.73.

(2)   Most of these intersections have been in existence for many years. The table provides the dates when the present traffic control facilities at each intersection were completed. The number of accidents at each intersection is given for the years 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972. Detailed traffic accident records are not available for earlier years. (3), (4) and (5) During the last eighteen months there have been no complaints about the intersections listed and no major reconstruction or installation of traffic lights has taken place at these intersections since December 1972.


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