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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
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Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the

Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Australian Broadcasting Commis sion been engaged in producing an Australian situation comedy, entitled 'Our Man in Canberra', the star of which is Mr Jeff Ashby, a well-known Australian actor.

(2)   How much has been spent to date on the production.

(3)   Does the production state at the commencement of the programme that The Parliament depicted in this programme bears no resemblance to any Parliament, living or dead*.

(4)   Has one episode of the series already been shown by the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

(5)   Has the Australian Broadcasting Commission suddenly decided to stop the production.

(6)   Who determined that the production should not be proceeded with, and what is the reason for its cancellation.

Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) The PostmasterGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Production costs to date are $14,867.

(3)   No. It was proposed to make a statement which indicated that the series was fictional and did not purport to represent any Australian Parliament past or present.

(4)   No programme in the present series has been shown.

(5)   The production has been deferred pending clarification of the legal issues involved.

(6)   The Commission determined that the production should not be proceeded with for the reasons outlined in (3) above.

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