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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1406

Mr BROWN (DIAMOND VALLEY, VICTORIA) - I direct to the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the

Arts a question supplementary to that asked of him by the right honourable member for Higgins. I ask: Am I right in drawing the inference from the latter part of the Minister's answer to the earlier question that the Government has to all intents and purposes abandoned the proposal to establish a national film and television school? Will the Minister advise me whether it is at present the Government's policy to establish such a school.

Mr HOWSON - I am pleased that the honourable member has asked me this question. He will recall my statement made last week to the effect that the Government has for the time being deferred a decision on this matter for at least 12 months. In the meantime, while the overall report is still being examined, I am also taking steps to find out whether the film industry can be assisted in any other way to obtain the same result but at a cheaper cost. It was in order to give the House some insight into my thinking at the present time and the investigations that I am carrying out that I added those words in my earlier statement. I am at present examining a number of proposals as I believe that the film industry must be encouraged but from the reports I have so far received there are other ways of assisting the industry which are worthy of examination and these will be examined before I again put this matter before the Government.

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