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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3711

Mr Neil asked the Minister for Posts and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) What is the estimated cost of installation of private telephone meters to enable subscribers to check accounts.

(2)   What is the estimated annual maintenance cost of the meters.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) and (2) It is estimated that the installation cost at the customer's premises would be over $40 and the annual maintenance cost would be about $ 12 per annum.

The private telemeter is designed primarily to assist the householder or small businessman who desires to keep a check on the use made of his service. For this reason, the charges for the private unit have been set as low as practicable The current charge is:


Foreign Language Broadcasts (Question 1457)

Dr Klugmanaked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has he received complaints from COASIT (Victoria), an Italian welfare organisation, about paragraph 29 of the Broadcasting Control Board's guidelines on foreign language programming.

(2   ) Are the guidelines discriminatory, as claimed.

(   3 ) If so, will he ask the Board to review them.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   No. The guidelines are intended to enable all listeners and viewers to have some idea as to the content and nature of the matter being transmitted in languages other than English.

(3)   The Board recently decided to vary the guidelines to include a positive recommendation to stations to undertake programs to cater for the special needs of ethnic communities. The guidelines now read:

Use of Foreign Languages

The presentation of programs to cater for the needs of ethic communities in the service areas of stations is recommended. A brief explanation in English of the nature of the program and its content, where this procedure will aid the appreciation of the program by the English-speaking audience, is desirable, but not mandatory.

It is recommended that when advertisements in a foreign language are presented in a program which is not in itself in that foreign language, a brief explanation in English ofthe advertisement might be included. '

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