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Wednesday, 10 November 1976
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Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Without notice I address a question to the Minister for Post and Telecommunications. I refer to the recommendation by Mr Green that guidelines for programming for Radio Australia should be set by the Department of Foreign Affairs in consultation with the Department of Overseas Trade. I ask: Is it a fact that the independent inquiry into Radio Australia under the chairmanship of Sir Keith Waller, which reported to the Government last December, recommends explicitly against any government department having such control? When will the Minister be able to announce the Government's decision on who is to have responsibility for Radio Australia? Will he table the Waller report before or after the Government announces its decision?

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The Green report makes certain recommendations. I stress -

Mr Morris - There are no copies of it.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) -If the little chatterbox will be quiet for a minute or two he will be better informed. I make the point to the Leader of the Opposition that that is a report; it is not a decision of government The Government has taken no decision whatsoever. We have the Waller report. I have asked my Department to consider this matter in consultation with other departments. I hope that we can bring something to the Parliament in the fairly near future.

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