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Monday, 2 June 2003
Page: 15557

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

The petition of certain citizens of Australia, namely `Radio for all Australians Association Inc' draws to the attention of the House the need for the establishment of a radio station for the benefit of those people who suffer the inability to read the spoken word and for the benefit of the community in general.

The Federal Government has spent millions of dollars making sure that deaf people in this country receive television services, but for those who can't read or write, which is some 6.8 million Australians, there is a need for a special radio licence and frequency, so these special programs can be broadcast all over Australia.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to urgently consider the need for the introduction of legislation to provide this essential service.

by Mr Andren (from 10 citizens).