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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 1830

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour. I refer to the foreshadowed introduction of colour television in Australia and the need to make available to the Australian public colour TV sets, wholly or partially produced or assembled in this country or imported in part or whole from foreign countries involving foreign labour. Is the Minister aware that a fully viable and comprehensive electronics industry is vitally important to the defence forces of Australia and to Australia's ability to be self-supporting in times of international emergency? Is the Minister also aware that the Australian electronics industry is technologically highly advanced, a pace-setter in world research and- most importantly- a significant employer of the Australian working population? Will the Minister assure the Australian people that no decision of the Government will result in harm to a vital industry or result in unemployment in that industry.

Senator CAVANAGH - I can assure the honourable senator that the Minister is aware of the 3 points. Nothing would be done by the Australian Government that would be harmful to an Australian industry. The question of what protection should be given to production of Australian colour television sets is under considerationI think there is a Tariff Board report on it- by the Australian Government. I think this is a question on policy and it would be wrong for me to attempt to answer it. However, I could not answer it because definite final decisions have not been made.

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