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Tuesday, 4 October 1983
Page: 1239

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth :

That Family Radio Ltd represents the largest single interest group in the community-i.e. Christians-who do not have a voice in public broadcasting commensurate with their representation.

That prime time access to existing broadcasts by christian groups is virtually non-existent, and access at other times is fast disappearing.

That, by comparison with other capitals, Brisbane is entitled to at least one more category 'S' FM broadcast licence.

That there appears to be no prospect of the release of further category 'S' FM licences in the near future for Brisbane.

That satisfactory fulfilment of the aims of family radio and its expansion can only be achieved by broadcasting in its own right under licence.

That Family Radio has a responsibility to the large support groups which have contributed substantially to its development, to achieve the aims in broadcasting and community work for which it was established.

That there is an urgent need for the kind of service and support that Family Radio can provide to other community groups through the particular type of integrated programming proposed by the company under a full-time licence.

And that pruned government resources are obviously insufficient to advance the development of public broadcasting as originally intended.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Government will support Family Radio's application for a broadcasting licence and will enable more category 'S' FM licences to be made available in Brisbane.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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