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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2311

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -

Mr President,my question is directed to you. I ask: Did the executive producer of the Australian Broadcasting Commission programme 'Our Man in Canberra' seek permission to take certain interior film shots of this Parliament when not in session to be included as excerpts in the production? Was this request not acceded to? Are you aware that reports are circulating that after seeing a script or scripts of the production you suggested to the ABC that it look at the programme again bearing in mind section 1 16 (2.) of the Broadcasting and Television Act? Are you in a position to confirm or deny such reports?

The PRESIDENT - In answer to the honourable senator's first question which, as ] recall it, was whether permission was denied the Australian Broadcasting Commission to take photographs or background shots in Parliament House when Parliament was not in session, I can state that I gave permission to the ABC to take such photographs. The second part of the question was whether I had asked to see any script. The answer is no. The third question was whether I had seen any of the film. The answer is no. The fourth question was whether 1 am aware that I am supposed to be involved in this matter. The answer is no. In answer to the fifth part of the question I say that I do not know who is the executive producer of the ABC but certainly, in April, I was asked by an officer of the ABC in Canberra whether I would give permission and I gave permission. These were private conversations between the officer and myself in the presence of a Senate officer.

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