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Tuesday, 14 May 1985
Page: 1880

Senator JONES —Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Communications been drawn to a report in this morning's Age which contains information in regard to a decision by Rupert Murdoch to seek United States citizenship? What effects will any such action by Mr Murdoch have on his Australian holdings in television, radio and newspapers throughout Australia?

Senator WALSH —I have not seen the report in today's newspaper but I have seen similar reports in earlier newspapers. This is subject to verification by Mr Duffy, but the question of Mr Murdoch's eligibility or non-eligibility to maintain his present shareholding in Channel 10 is a matter for the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal to determine rather than for the Minister per se. I understand that prima facie under the present rules, if Mr Murdoch does become a United States citizen, he is thereby deemed to have forfeited his Australian citizenship, and hence he will have to shed at least some of the shareholdings which he or his News Ltd group presently holds.