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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2716

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister for the Media and it follows a question asked earlier by Senator Webster. Is Mr Neary, a member of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, the same gentleman who organises the Queensland Command Performance each year, the substantial profits from which are for the benefit of charitable organisations in Queensland? Does Mr Neary give his services to this function voluntarily and without charge? Do the majority of Queenslanders who care for the welfare of charitable organisations regard Mr Neary as a very fine gentleman?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - Prior to his taking up office as a member and subsequently as Vice-Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, Mr Neary in an entrepreneurial capacity at the request of the

Lord Mayor of Brisbane and also the Chairman of Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd, Mr Reg Leonard, voluntarily made his services available free, of charge to assist in the convening of the Command Performances in Brisbane and over a period of years- eight or nine years- has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of Queensland charities. Since Mr Neary has been appointed to the Board I know that the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Alderman Jones, and I think the Chairman of Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd, Mr Leonard, wrote to the Prime Minister asking whether he would make available the services of Mr Neary again this year for the arranging of the performers at the royal command performance. The Prime Minister referred the matter to me. I willingly acceded and the royal command performance, again held in Brisbane, this time in the presence of the Prince of Wales, was an outstanding success and I understand raised nearly a 6-figure amount for Queensland charities. I know, because it was said in my presence, that the Prince of Wales passed congratulatory remarks to Mr Neary about the outstanding value of the performance. He is an outstanding Australian.

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