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Tuesday, 8 November 1983
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Question No. 228


Mr Reeves asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 24 May 1983:

What are the total amounts of all expenditures and/or capital works programs undertaken by the Minister's Department in or related to the Northern Territory for each year from 1978-79 to 1982-83 which were not covered by general or specific grants to the Northern Territory.


Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, based on advice from the Department and the statutory authorities within my portfolio, is as follows:

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

Organisation

1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83

$ $ $ $ $ AUSSAT nil nil nil nil nil Australian Broadcasting Tribunal nil nil nil nil nil Australian Postal Commission 40,000 290,000 2,585,000 920,000 44, 000 Australian Telecommunications Commission 7,441,000 8,689,000 12,471,000 14, 064,000 16,896,000 Department of Communications nil nil nil nil 202,650 Overseas Telecommunications Commission 129,000 11,000 12,000 92,000 15,000 Special Broadcasting Service nil nil nil nil nil

Total 7,610,000 8,990,000 15,068,000 15,076,000 17,157,650

With regard to capital expenditure undertaken by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the following estimate for the total period (1978/79-1982/83) has been provided:

$ Radio Engineering 290,000 Television Engineering 570,000

OTHER EXPENDITURE

Department of Communications

Item

1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83

$ $ $ $ $ Salaries 35,700 39,700 37,800 53,700 58,951 Overtime 1,000 2,200 2, 660 1,520 5,573 Travel 10,953 16,759 17,469 11,840 27,455 Motor vehicles 1,600 2,200 2,200 2,200 4,696 Other (estimates) 12,865 9,591 10,887 13,527 14,497

Total 62,118 70,450 71,016 82,787 111,172

Australian Postal Commission

Item

1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83

$ $ $ $ $ Direct labour 2,122,000 2,392,000 2,999,000 3,581,000 4,616,000 Direct non-labour 112,000 136,000 218,000 148,000 157,000 Indirect and overhead costs 1,484,000 1,583,000 1,838,000 2,654,000 2,696,000

Total 3,718,000 4,111,000 5,055,000 6,383,000 7,469,000

NOTE: Direct Labour includes salaries, overtime and allowances. Direct Non- labour includes travel allowance, fares, accommodation, etc. Indirect and Overhead costs include depreciation, superannuation, long service leave and interest.

Australian Telecommunications Commission

Item

1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83

$ $ $ $ $ Services and maintenance (Total) 9,717,000 13,040,000 15,936,000 17, 917,000 21,576,000

Overseas Telecommunications Commission

Item

1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83

$ $ $ $ $ Salaries 156,000 170,000 169,000 195,000 228,000 Associated staff costs 68,000 88,000 111,000 140,000 153,000 Building and site maintenance 25, 000 8,000 8,000 59,000 10,000 Other 63,000 64,000 58,000 109,000 137,000

Total 312,000 330,000 346,000 503,000 528,000

Australian Broadcasting Tribunal

The Tribunal has advised that the only Northern Territory related expenditure incurred by the Tribunal is in the form of travel and accommodation expenses associated with infrequent public inquiries conducted by the Tribunal into the grant and renewal of commercial radio and television licences and share transactions affecting licences.

Aussat Pty Ltd

Aussat has advised nil expenditure during the years 1978-79; 1979-80; 1980-81; and 1981-82 and an estimated expenditure of $13,917 for 1982-83.

Special Broadcasting Service

Expenditure by the Special Broadcasting Service in the Northern Territory has to date been limited to the provision of subsidies to ethnic and Aboriginal public broadcasters at 8TOP-FM Darwin and 8CCC-FM Alice Springs, totalling: $25, 965 in 1981-82 and $43,779 in 1982-83.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Item

1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83

$ $ $ $ $ Salaries 563,957 625,673 824,479 1,l34,358 1,191,274 Expenses 337,365 364,201 414,988 509,810 613,914

Total 901,322 989,874 1,239,467 1,644,168 1,805,188