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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1951

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Since the standards set by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board limit the percentage of foreign language radio and television programs, what action does the Minister for the Media contemplate to assist such stations which service large migrant communities and which desire to provide programs at the instigation of such ethnic groups?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -My colleague, Senator Mulvihill, has been raising this matter not only with me as Minister for the Media, but also with my colleague, the Minister for Immigration and, I understand, prior to our assuming office, with Ministers of the previous

Government. I have had discussions with my colleague the Minister for Immigration about this matter. The Government now takes the view that it is helpful to newly arrived migrants to maintain contact with their various communities as they move into the Australian community. I can tell the honourable senator that in the light of this new policy the Australian Broadcasting Control Board has now acted to remove the limits applying to the amount of foreign language programs transmitted by commercial broadcasting and television stations and to make less exacting the requirements for the translation into English of foreign language material. I am not saying that this is all that can be done in this area. Officers of the Board and of the Department of Immigration are looking at the matter to see what sort of public access can be given to these migrant groups. I can certainly tell the honourable senator that a circular has been issued by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board to commercial television and broadcasting stations. If the honourable senator would like a copy of it I shall make it available to him.

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