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Wednesday, 1 October 1958

Mr Daly y asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   What dollar allocation has been made to each television station in Australia since the introduction of television?

2.   How much of this amount has been allocated for (a) films and (b) other items?

3.   What dollar allocation has been made in each case for the next twelve months?

Mr Davidson - It is assumed that the honorable member's question refers only to dollar expenditure on television programme material and not to expenditure on capital equipment. On this basis the Treasurer has furnished the following information in reply to the question asked: -

1.   Approved dollar expenditure by television stations from the inception of television to the middle of August, 1958, amounted to approximately £1.25 million. It is not the practice to disclose detailed figures in respect of individual stations.

2.   Information is not available to show how much of this amount was in respect of feature films and how much was in respect of programme material.

3.   A quota system is not in operation. Under the present policy television stations are provided with whatever overseas currencies are required for the purchase of their reasonable needs for imported programme material. The " reasonable needs " do not include the acquisition of unnecessarily large stocks of imported material.

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