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Thursday, 29 March 1979
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Mr MILLAR (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - I refer the Minister for Post and Telecommunications to recent action of the Australian Broadcasting Commission by which that body increased the cost of ABC news services to country radio stations by some hundreds of per cent- in one instance from $2,860 to $10,000. 1 ask the Minister: Is a statutory body free to ignore Government policies on cost restraint particularly in the matter of maintaining important services to country Australia? Is the Minister aware that in some cases the savage increases with less than a fortnight's notice of implementation will have the effect of virtually wiping out profitability of some stations? Can the Minister assure the House that country people will still retain access to the ABC news service with its unquestioned superiority and value?

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