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Thursday, 10 May 1973
Page: 1955

Mr SHERRY (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) - I address my question to the Minister for Science who represents the Minister for the Media in this place. Has the Minister seen the report attributed to the President of the Federation of Australian Commercial Broadcasters in which he stated that 'increased interest in radio by government, trade unions and other groups was damaging their industry'? Is it a fact that recent Federal Government regulations have reduced the freedom of commercial broadcasters and upset their very important programing, as claimed by the President?

Mr MORRISON (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Science) - I have seen the reports. They are serious reports but I suspect they are over-dramatised. The honourable member will know that the only stipulation contained in the relevant Act is that 5 per cent of the broadcasting time should be allocated to Australian composed music. We recently have introduced a stipulation that 10 per cent of the time be by Australian performers. I do not think that this can be regarded as being an unnecessarily harsh requirement. In the future the requirement may be strengthened on behalf of Australian performers. I shall undertake to refer the honourable gentleman's question to my colleague, the Minister for the Media, and let him have further advice.

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