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Wednesday, 13 November 1974
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Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Minister for the Media. Did the Australian film 'Between Wars' have its premiere yesterday? Has Judy Morris, one of the actresses in 'Between Wars', attributed the commercial success of films like this to 3 factors? Will the Minister confirm that these factors are: The Australian Government, the new nationalism, and the feat of the great Australian writer Patrick White in winning the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - It is a fact that the film 'Between Wars' went before the paying public yesterday. I am given to understand that it has every possibility of matching the commercial successes of all the other full length feature productions that have been made as a direct result of Australian Government initiatives and as a result of the financial assistance that has been given by the Australian Film Development Corporation. I did see the reported remarks of Miss Morris. I thank the honourable senator for drawing them to my attention again. I did note that she said the resurgence or the renaissance of the film industry is the result of Australian Government initiatives and also the new nationalism that has developed in Australia principally because of the initiatives that have been taken by this Government. I must also agree with Miss Morris that the high honour that Patrick White brought to Australia with the Nobel Prize can only have a very good effect on the writers we look to in this country for future film and television script work. I can tell the honourable senator that we hope there will be 18 feature films this year.

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