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Tuesday, 16 September 1958
Page: 1231

Mr DAVIDSON - From time to time I am supplied by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board with a summary showing the time devoted by commercial television stations to the various forms of programme that they present. My recollection of the last report, which is now some weeks old, is that the percentage of time given to programmes with Australian content varies from about 35 per cent, to just under 50 per cent. It varies with the different stations. The honorable member asked whether a survey would be carried out to ascertain the time that is being devoted to programmes using Australian artists. I can assure him that this is being done continuously. As I have told this House previously, I am satisfied that the licensees are doing their best to increase the use of Australian talent. But this is not something than can be achieved overnight. It is something which, if attempted in too great a hurry, could result in the provision of programmes for Australians which would not be of any great benefit to Australia, and would not redound to our credit or enhance the reputation of our programmes throughout the world.

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