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Wednesday, 24 September 1958

Mr DALY (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the PostmasterGeneral: Is he aware that recently in the United States of America it was discovered that quiz shows on television were rigged, and that corruption on a wide scale existed in this sphere of television programmes? Does the Minister know that in Australia television stations, whilst to my knowledge not following this practice on quiz sessions, are evidently rigging television interviews? Is he aware that some stations are evidently wining and dining certain persons prior to interviews, nominating the questions and no doubt advising the answers to be given? Is it a fact that channel 9, for instance, consistently removes certain skilled questioners from its panel in order to save the person being interviewed from answering embarrassing questions? In view of the monopoly control of television stations by newspaper interests under the policy of this Government, will the Minister have an immediate investigation made into this rigging of interviews in order to prevent a repetition in this sphere of Australian programmes of malpractices similar to those revealed in certain television programmes in America?

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