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Wednesday, 27 November 1996
Page: 6075


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, representing over 120 broadcasters in Australia, is holding its annual conference in Queensland on the weekend of 30 November and 1 December 1996;

(b)   celebrates the diverse nature of the community broadcast sector, including its indigenous, rural, women's, ethnic and religious stations and programs;

(c)   congratulates the Government for a recent modest increase in Commonwealth funding to the community broadcast sector;

(d)   notes, however, the struggle of some university-based stations, such as 5UV in Adelaide and 2NUR in Newcastle, to maintain their university-based funding; and

(e)   calls on the Government and those universities concerned to discuss ways in which the funding shortfall could be made up.