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Tuesday, 27 October 1970


Mr Grassby asked the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

(1)   What was the cost of importing into Australia (a) films for public exhibition, (b) television film material, (c) books and other publications and (d) records in each of the last 5 years.

(2)   What preference is given in quotas or duty to any overseas countries supplying these items.

(3)   Will he ensure that Australia enjoys full reciprocity for our cultural output, including the right of our artists to fulfil engagements in the supplying country, by examining the flow of foreign cultural imports such as the book 'Portnoy's Complaint', the record 'Let me make you baby' and the television programme 'Dust Bin Men'.


Mr Chipp - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Acting Commonwealth Statistician has advised that the cost of importing into Australia (a) films for public exhibition, (b) television film material, (c) books and other publications and (d) records, in each of the last five years, it not available.

However, he has supplied the following tables:

1.   Value of imports of (a) cinematograph film exposed and developed, (b) books and other publications and (c) records, for each of the years 1965-66 to 1969-70.

2.   Payments overseas for cinema and television films imported on a rental basis, for each of the years 1965-66 to 1969-70.

 

 

 

(2)   The preference given in quotas or duty to any overseas countries supplying these items is incorporated in the following tariff table:

 

(3)   To the best of my knowledge the countries which supply goods of the kind in question do not impose restrictions on the importation of similar goods from Australia nor on Australian artists v/ho obtain engagements in those countries.

Public Service (Question No. 1896)


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime

Minister, upon notice:

Has the Government ever consulted the Public Service Board concerning changes in the salary or any other conditions of employment applicable to the Public Service Arbitrator or his deputies.


Mr Gorton - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

There has been no occasion on which my Government has so consulted the Public Service Board.







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