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Tuesday, 16 September 1958
Page: 1231

Mr STEWART (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address a question to the Postmaster-General. What percentage of viewing time on television channels is devoted to Australian artists? Is it a fact that station TCN, channel 9, presents only three live shows each week, between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.? Is it also a fact that all three shows are likely to be cancelled in the near future in order to present tenthrate film programmes? Is the practice of presenting imported film programmes instead of live shows due to the fact that it takes at least 25 people to produce a small and unambitious live show, compared with only three people to present a film programme? Will the Minister investigate these matters and take action to ensure that Australian artists are engaged on the basis of what they can do rather than of what they cost?

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