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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 493

Mr Lynch asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Media, upon notice:

Towhat extent has the Government implemented the general principles of the Senate Select Committee on Encouragement of Australian Productions for Television.

Mr Morrison - The Minister for the Media has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Government is determined to improve the quality of Australian content and to increase the degree of Australian participation in films and television. In planning the achievement of these objectives, full consideration has been given to the recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on the Encouragement of Australian Productions for Television, of which Committee I was a member. Steps have been taken already which should ensure: an early increase in the quantity of local content; a broader range of programming available to viewers; an improvement in the quality of Australian television productions.

The next stage of our planning in this matter is under discussion with the stations and other organisations involved and it is anticipated that this further stage will become effective early in 1974.

Australian Army: Future Strength and Structure (Question No. 319) Dr Forbes asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   When will the interdepartmental committee set up to advise on future strength and structure of the Australian Army complete its work.

(2)   Will he make available to the Parliament the Defence advice he receives on this matter .

Mr Barnard - The answer to the honourable member's question isas follows:

(1)   The committee referred to has completed its work which was to provide advice to the Defence Force Development Committee. The latter Committee which has the responsibility to advise the Minister for Defence on Defence Force structure matters has in turn presented its advice to me.

(2)   In my statement to Parliament on 30 May 1973 T announced the Government's decisions on the future size and shape of the Australian Army. In the course of that statement I revealed that those decisions were based on the recommendations of the Defence Force Development Committee.

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