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Thursday, 9 December 1976


Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

What is the annual cost of vandalism to public telephones in each Telecom District in (a) Melbourne and ( b) Sydney.


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

Telecom Australia is unable to readily provide costs for individual districts but the approximate total annual costs are:

(a)   Melbourne-$680,000

(b)   Sydney-$820,0O0

ABC Regional Radio (Question No. 1493)


Mr Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) What specific program changes have been made since the Budget to ABC regional radio networks in South Australia and New South Wales.

(2   ) Which of them were made as a result ofthe Budget.

(3)   What further changes are planned.


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

(1)   The most significant changes were made with the introduction of summer time on 31 October. Evening programs are now essentially the same as provided on the metropolitan service radio 2. The mid-evening news bulletin has been moved from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. (8.30 and 9.30 p.m. respectively in South Australia).

The Sunday morning program 'Australia All Over' (7 a.m. in New South Wales, 6.30 a.m. in South Australia) which is exclusive to the regional networks, has been extended by thirty minutes.

(2)   Although these changes resulted in economies, they were not primarily made for budgetary reasons.

(3)   No further changes are planned at present.







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