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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 744

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - I preface my question to the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral by saying that I accept the Government's assurance that it exerts no political pressure of any kind on the Australian Broadcasting Commission in relation to programming. However, I ask the Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the recent announcement by the ABC that its most popular children's programme 'Adventure Island' is to be scrapped forthwith. Does the Minister, as a parent of 2 young children, know that the programme eschews violence and tries to teach good citizenship and the best of human qualities without becoming precocious? Will the Minister confer with his colleague in another place to ascertain whether - and without exerting any political pressure - the commissioners of the ABC might review this decision, particularly as in the field of children's programmes Australian productions rank extremely high?

Senator GREENWOOD - I think I would share the honourable senator's general views about the quality of the programme to which he has referred. I have seen Press reports suggesting that the programme is not to be continued, and I acknowledge the honourable senator's view that the determination of what programmes shall be shown on the ABC is within the province of the Commission and the management which the Commission appoints. Whether the Commission would change its mind is a matter which can be ascertained only if representations are made to it, and possibly the honourable senator could make his own representations. I will convey his request to the PostmasterGeneral for his consideration.

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