Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 9 November 1976
Page: 2494

Dr KLUGMAN (Prospect) - I take the opportunity tonight to make one criticism of the people who decide programming of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The ABC Monday Conference program last night dealt with Darwin. The pros and cons of what has happened since the cyclone in Darwin nearly 2 years ago were discussed. The point I make is that the program was recorded in Darwin in mid September. That point was also made during the program. It was obviously felt at that stage not to show the program. It was shown last night obviously to publicise the book written by MajorGeneral Alan Stretton. I will not comment on the book because I have not read it and I do not know the details of it, but I think it is completely wrong for the ABC to get involved in commercial advertising without being paid for it. I know that the honourable member for Parramatta (Mr Ruddock) once suggested in this House that the ABC should get involved in advertising. I have some reservations about that. Advertising is a matter of collecting money and not a question of doing the advertising for nothing. It is not a matter of using handouts to publicise a particular commercial venture, and this obviously is a commercial venture. I do not know the publishers of the book but they must have some influence with the programmers at the ABC.

I am not criticising Robert Moore, the producer of Monday Conference. The program was recorded in mid-September and he may well have been unaware that the book by Alan Stretton was to come out some 2 months later. We do not want the ABC to deteriorate into the sort of news organisation of the daily papers in Sydney. The 3 groups, including the old Consolidated Press group, have significant interests in travel agencies. They push overseas travel continuously with pages and pages of publicity handouts. Anybody who reads the Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph, the Sun and the Daily Mirror must be impressed or depressed by the pages and pages of obvious handouts which appear day after day, week after week. The only reason for them of course is that the owners of the newspapers also have an interest in travel agencies and they also accept advertisements from people involved in overseas travel. By doing this the newspapers in effect deteriorate into the sort of throw away papers of the suburbs. The suburban papers quite openly accept editorial matter for the purpose of advertising.

I conclude by in fact giving a commercial for a booklet that has been published by a former Liberal Party candidate for one of the seats in the Australian Capital Territory, Larry Pickering. I refer to a lovely cartoon in which the present Treasurer (Mr Lynch) is depicted walking blindly along the road. Somebody asks him: 'How come you are blind?' He says: 'It is because I have been over-stimulating the private sector'. I congratulate Pickering in seeing that point. I felt like raising it this afternoon when the Treasurer again talked about stimulating the private sector.

Suggest corrections