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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1203

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) My question is to the Minister representing the Postmaster-General. Does the Minister recall the Acting Postmaster-General on 7th April last indicating that the Government intended to introduce amendments to the Broadcasting and Television Act within 10 days from that date in order to clarify the powers of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board with regard to programming on Sunday mornings? Did the Minister himself say last May that because the Government did not have the time in the last sessional period to introduce the legislation it would do so in the Budget session? I ask the Minister: Does the Government intend introducing the legislation in this session, and pending the introduction of any legislation that might come forward, what control is able to be exercised by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board in regard to Sunday morning programming?

Senator GREENWOOD - I must confess that my recollection is not as accurate as I would like it to be and, therefore, I am unable positively to say affirmatively or negatively what my recollection is in regard to the senator's first question. As to whether or not action is proposed to be taken, I do not think the legislative programme which is available for the next 3 weeks could possibly enable the legislation to which he refers to be introduced. But this essentially is a matter for the Government to determine.

In regard to the other matters, which I think do involve some question of interpretation and possible policy for the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, I can only suggest that in the light of the answer I have just given to the honourable senator he might put an appropriate question on the notice paper so that the PostmasterGeneral can answer it.

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