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Thursday, 20 October 1983
Page: 2014

Mr LLOYD —Can the Minister for Communications assure the House, and thus allay the fears of remote area Australians and regional television companies, that HACBSS II, the Homestead and Community Broadcasting Satellite Service, 30-watt transponders on the second domestic satellite will be used for their original purpose of providing a free non-encoded commercial television service for remote areas and thus ensure that people living in remote areas will be able to receive Australian Broadcasting Corporation and commercial television on a single small but cheap earth dish antenna without the need for expensive decoding equipment? Can the Minister also assure the House that it is still worth while for the ABC, Myers, Elders-IXL and other radiated subscription television applicants to keep planning for the early introduction of pay television?

Mr DUFFY —The question from the honourable member for Murray was in two parts. The first part involved the use of the 30-watt transponders on HACBSS II, the second satellite. Those matters are currently under consideration by the Government and are the subject of Cabinet deliberations. In due course the honourable member for Murray and the people of Australia will be told of the decisions made by the Government in respect of those matters. With respect to the second part of the question, concerning the future of RSTV, the same position applies.