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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 38

(Question No. 1439)


Senator Morris asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 14 October 1986:

Does the Government propose to allow the transmission of other data in considering the terms for licensing of subscriber satellite television services; if so, subject to what requirements?


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

On 17 October 1986 Guidelines for the provision of Video and Audio Entertainment and Information Services were tabled in Parliament. The Guidelines set out the content and licensing requirements for these new services. Such services are delivered to identified categories of end users in non-domestic environments. They can include information services, for example, stock exchange data. The services transmitted over Telecom's network are to be authorised under the Telecommunications Act 1975. Radiated services (including satellite delivered services) are licensed under the Radiocommunications Act 1983. In all cases the service providers are required to enter into an agreement with the Commonwealth to comply with the Guidelines.