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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 1828

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - Has the Minister for the Media noted a report that the Queensland Government has opened a new film centre to produce video tapes on educational subjects which will be distributed to schools and teachers colleges? What steps has the Australian Government taken to provide assistance in educational films and television at the national level for use in schools throughout Australia?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I saw the report of the action taken by the Queensland Government. I think the report appeared some time last week. Despite the opposite political persuasion of that Government to this Government, I commend the Queensland Government for the initiative which it has taken in that respect. As to that part of the question about what the Australian Government is doing, I think the last time a conference of Commonwealth and State Ministers took place on educational broadcasting was 4 years ago- in 1969- and the meeting before that was in 1966. Therefore, very little has been done by way of co-operative effort between the Commonwealth and the States collectively on educational broadcasting. My Department and the Commonwealth Department of Education have been investigating this matter, and we hope that early in the new year we will be able to arrange another Commonwealth-State conference. In the meantime, we have determined that it is necessary to ascertain what is actually available in all schools throughout Australia by way of reception facilities, broadcasting sets, television receivers and audio-visual techniques. My Department and the Commonwealth Department of Education are now preparing a questionnaire to be sent out to all schools in Australia to ascertain that information prior to the holding of a CommonwealthState broadcasting conference.

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