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Tuesday, 14 May 1985
Page: 1942

(Question No. 69)


Senator Vigor asked the Minister representing the Minister for Territories, upon notice, on 19 March 1985:

(1) Were any funds and/or resources under the control of the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.) Gaming and Liquor Authority used to develop or support a case for any application, or for the development of any application, for a public broadcasting licence in Canberra; if so, what were those funds and/or resources and under whose authority were the funds and/or resources applied.

(2) Will any increase in revenue, arising from an increase in betting due to the provision of a complete racing service in Canberra on the proposed Canberra and District Racing and Broadcasting Broadcasters public radio station, or any part of such increase in revenue, be passed on to the community through the Community Development Fund, or will it be introduced to the racing clubs which will in part control the station.


Senator Ryan —The Minister for Territories has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Yes. Funds and resources of the ACT Gaming and Liquor Authority (Authority) were used to support an application for the establishment of a racing and sporting radio station in Canberra.

ExpenditureExpenditure incurred so far by the Authority in its association with Canberra and District Racing and Sporting Broadcasters Limited (CDRSB) is as follows:

$25,252

has been advanced to CDRSB, representing the first six and a half months of the fees ($900 per week) undertaken to be paid by the Authority for the broadcast of dividends, scratchings, pre-race approximate dividends, results and other relevant racing information.

$120

Cost of corporate membership of CDRSB during 1985.

$80

Cost of corporate membership of CDRSB during 1984.

$25,452

Total.

ResourcesResources used by the Authority in support of the application include:

Clerical and research assistance in preparing the application.

Provision of advice to the provisional CDRSB Committee and subsequently the CDRSB Executive Committee.

Research in respect of the nomination of two members for the CDRSB Executive Committee, none of whom is a member of the Authority or on its staff;

Appearance at the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal's hearing in support of the CDRSB's application;

Provision of a location for CDRSB meetings.

Authority resources have been made available to provide clerical and administrative support to assist in the establishment and, if necessary, initial operating period of the station. This level of support was to be progressively reduced to allow CDRSB to achieve complete independence by the end of its third year of on-air operation.

The funds and resources were provided by the Authority in accordance with their understanding of sub-section 15 (1) of the ACT Gaming and Liquor Authority Act 1981 which grants to the Authority 'the power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done in connection with, or incidental to, the performance of its functions'.

(2) At present a minimum of 1 per cent of the Authority's Totalizater Agency Board (TAB) turnover is allocated to the Community Development Fund and 2 per cent to the three prescribed race clubs. Any increase in TAB revenue as a result of the CDRSB station's operation will therefore result in a greater amount being received by both the Community Development Fund and the race clubs.