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Wednesday, 24 September 1958

Mr COSTA (BANKS, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Postmaster-General. I remind him that, in reply to a question asked by the honorable member for Lang on 16th September directing attention to the lack of opportunities for Australian artists, authors, playwrights and performers over Australian television channels, he replied that he was satisfied that the licensees were doing their best to increase the use of Australian talent. Is the Minister aware that a survey taken recently over a period by the Actors and Announcers Equity Association of Australia showed that only 32 per cent, of Australia's talent was used over ATN, channel 7, against 68 per cent, of overseas talent? Is the Minister satisfied that this imbalance of opportunities in favour of international talent against Australian talent is fair? Is he aware that, because of lack of engagements and encouragement of Australian performers, Australia's largest television studio at Pagewood, Sydney, has closed down and the property is being acquired by a motor firm? What does the Minister intend to do about this anti-Australian attitude?

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