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Wednesday, 10 September 1958

Mr DALY (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the PostmasterGeneral: What check, if any, is made by his department to ensure that television stations present balanced programmes? Would a survey show that this week in New South Wales, of 43 programmes listed by the commercial channels between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., no fewer than 24 are devoted to depicting crimes of violence in one form or another? If no check is made by the department, will the Minister take immediate action to have such a check made in order to ensure that the commercial television stations do not devote such a large percentage of viewing time to the dissemination of programmes boosting blood and thunder? If such a check is already made, can the Minister explain why no action has been taken to prevent the commercial channels from taking up about 60 per cent, of viewing time with programmes dealing with murder, other crime, and passion?

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