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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 1002

Mr KELLY (WAKEFIELD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Postmaster-General. Having seen the David Frost television interview with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition last night, I ask the PostmasterGeneral whether he will arrange for the programme to be shown to Australian Broadcasting Commission interviewers so that they can see that such a programme can be interesting, educational and even pleasantly amusing without the necessity to denigrate and score off the person being interviewed, which seems to be the starting point for most, not all, ABC interviewers.

Sir ALAN HULME - I am sure that all those Australians who are interested in current affairs programmes would have regarded the programmes last night as being among the best that have been seen in this country. As to showing the films to ABC interviewers, or indeed interviewers in relation to current affairs programmes generally in Australia, that of course would be a matter for the stations concerned. But I think that there was an object lesson in the programmes last night for many Australian interviewers. There is a great difference, of course, between a programme that lasts for half an hour with an interviewer who can put those being interviewed in a completely relaxed frame of mind and what I might term the quick-firing type of current affairs programme which we are used to, with five or six segments within half an hour and the maximum number of questions in each segment. I think the type of programme last night might not suit all occasions but I believe that it was a tremendously interesting and valuable contribution to television.

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