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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator HANNAN (Victoria) .- Mr. Deputy President,the hour is late; so I shall not detain the Senate long. I think it would be churlish of me if I failed to thank the Leader of the Government (Senator Paltridge) and the Leader of the Opposition (Senator McKenna) for all the kind things that they have said about me in wishing me and other retiring senators well. Hearing these nice things said about one when one is leaving the Senate has all the charm of novelty. Indeed, it is almost like being awake at one's own wake. I wish to thank also all the private members on the Opposition side, as well as my own colleagues, who have expressed their regret, in one way or another, at the fact that they will not have the benefit of my attack or my support, as the case may be, in the future.

The last matter that I raise in this place, Mr. Deputy President, is something that has interested me very greatly. I make a final plea to the Government to consider urgently the report of the Senate Select Committee on the Encouragement of Australian Productions for Television and to seek some method of assisting the local television production industry. The evils that were brought to the notice of the Committee are more rampant today than they were 18 months ago, and the need for correction is more urgent. Unlike some of those who make public statements on important issues, I have every confidence in the good faith of the Government in its approach to this very difficult problem. I am sure that if a sympathetic attitude is adopted, and, perhaps, measures such as were recommended by the late Senator Vincent and the other members of the Committee are put into effect, the very great social, political, cultural and economic evils that face us in this field will be corrected.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 5.47 p.m. till a day and hour to be fixed by the President.

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