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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
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Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for the Media whether the Australian film industry is in a sound state and as such is now in a position to spread its activities outside this country. If so, is this a sign of a growing international reputation? How does this situation compare with the industry's position before the present Government came to office?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I am glad to inform the honourable senator that in the opinion of the Government the Australian film industry, as a result of the initiatives taken by this Government, is developing into a commercially viable industry. In 1972, when this Government came into office, there were 4 feature films made in Australia. Last year there were 8 feature films made in Australia. This year there will be 18 feature films made in Australia. The prognosis is that there will be 20 feature films made here in 1975. The simple fact is that more feature films have been made in Australia this year than have been made in the United Kingdom. I can also tell the honourable senator that film production companies are making theatre and television commercials in Australia for the South-East

Asian market, and film laboratories are servicing producers of the film in the various areas.

Overseas producers are coming to Australia for major feature productions, in part or complete. I believe that this sort of activity is indicative of the world standard of Australian film production and of the laboratory facilities that are available. The honourable senator will be pleased to know that one of the companies that received an award from the Australian Government under the export incentive award arrangement was a company known as Colorfilm Pty Ltd, which was established here in 1970 and which in a period of 4 years has been able to expand its export activities by some 1,000 per cent. It has maintained a steady doubling of sales and this year, as a result of its activities and initiatives, it has won an export award. I think that is indicative of the state of development of the film industry in Australia as a result of the activities of this Government.

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