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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

The petition of residents of citizens of the North West of Queensland draws to the attention of the House the plight of the citizens of this region who have, since November 2001, suffered from a total absence of a regional television news service.

Your petitioners request the House to grant the Australian Broadcasting Authority sufficient authority to enact and enforce licence provisions for broadcasters to provide a relevant news service to their broadcasting area.

The people of the North West also call on the government, as it reviews media ownership laws, to enact regulations ensuring equal news services for all, especially those in far flung areas.

by Mr Andren (from 21 citizens)