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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1709

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister for the Media. I point out to the Minister that many of the Australian Broadcasting Commission's documentary programs are shown during evening transmissions when they will not attract school age viewers. Would it be possible to make suitable documentary programs available for showing in school?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -The Australian Broadcasting Commission at present is proceeding with a project concerning the possibility of the use of documentary programs for school purposes. It has 3 pilot programs. If I remember correctly one relates to the assimilation or integration of migrants within the Australian community. These programs already are in the Commission's schedules in some States. However the ABC management has informed me that it is not simply a question of reshowing evening documentaries during school hours. Educational authorities have pointed out that programs of 35 minutes and longer are not suitable for school timetables. Thus it is proving necessary for the Commission to edit some of the documentary programs that it produces for normal viewing in order to make them suitable for school purposes. The Commission is looking closely at this matter and it hopes to be able to complete sufficient programs of a documentary nature for one full term of transmissions during 1974.

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