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Friday, 6 December 1985
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(Question No. 405)

Senator Puplick asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 20 August 1985:

(1) How many items during the period 1 July 1984 to 30 June 1985, were reported on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) news or current affairs programs on: (a) television; and (b) radio, on the subject of the internal workings of, external relationships with, or `threats' to the ABC.

(2) What proportion of the total air time of the programmes referred to in (1) above was allocated to this introspective reporting.

(3) What other single subjects on such programs on radio and television had an equal or greater amount of air time allocated to it during the period 1 January 1985 to 30 June 1985.

Senator Walsh —The Minister for Communications has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question, based on information provided by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

(1) For the period 1 July 1984 to 30 June 1985 the figures are, (a) television, 86 and (b) radio, 150.

(2) For the same period the proportion of total air time given to the above programs was, (a) television, 0.4 per cent and (b) radio, impossible to ascertain accurately given the number of national, state and regional news bulletins and numerous current affairs programs.

(3) The number of single subjects which occupied a greater share of ABC news and current affairs programs over the period 1 July 1984 to 30 June 1985 would be too numerous to attempt to quantify.