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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3366

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister for the Media. Does Film Australia come within his area of responsibility? Does Film Australia produce documentary and information films which are sold at home and abroad? Can the Minister advise whether there is an audience for these productions overseas?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Film Australia is the film production unit of the Australian Government and of course is a section of my Department It had been intended by the Government to transfer the activities of Film Australia to the Australian Film Commission had the legislation been enacted but of course, the Bill not having been passed by the Senate, Film Australia still remains an entity of my Department. Film Australia does not receive any investment support from the Australian Film Development Corporation. The Australian Government makes available about $4m to Film Australia for production and distribution for and on behalf of the Australian Government. A number of those productions are now being shown in the United States. Film Australia's North American advertising campaign is due to get under way this month and there are about 30 commercial advertisements on behalf of Film Australia going into United States educational magazines. I assure the honourable senator that Film Australia productions are receiving very wide coverage not only in north and south American countries but also throughout the world.

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