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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 1654

Senator KANE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister representing the Postmaster-General: ls it a fact that a news item concerning the. death of a youth who jumped into a bear pit at South Perth Zoo was telecast by TVW7 Perth on 24th April 1972 and that a still shot was shown of the bears actually savaging the head of the victim? Apart from offending against good taste, could the presentation of this item be justified in view of the attending sorrow which must have been imposed on relatives and friends of this unfortunate young man? Has any action been taken by the PostmasterGeneral to ensure that viewers will not be subject to such telecasts in future?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am not aware of the facts to which the honourable senator has referred. From listening to his question 1 think he was referring to an area of responsibility which, under the

Broadcasting and Television Act, is vested in the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. In the circumstances all I can do is convey the honourable senator's question to the Postmaster-General and indicate the honourable senator's concern, which I ?m sure is shared by honourable senators, for the attention of the Postmaster-General. Doubtless he will refer the matter to the Broadcasting Control Board. I am sure that he will let the honourable senator have an answer in due course.

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