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Tuesday, 4 December 1973

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -As the honourable senator has said, in addition to the satellite coverage of the international soccer matches between Australia and Korea and the rugby league test matches in England, on Saturday the Australian Broadcasting Commission had a direct satellite telecast lasting some 6 hours, which I understand was the longest satellite coverage ever carried out of the Davis Cup final, followed by some additional hours of coverage on Sunday. The Davis Cup satellite coverage attracted an estimated viewing audience of 6 million in Australia. I can tell the honourable senator that the ABC will cover directly by satellite the Commonwealth Games which will be held next year in Christchurch, New Zealand. This desirable and popular type of programming has been made possible by the Australian Government's desire to see an improvement in the quality of life and by our making available an additional SI Om this financial year to the ABC so that it may specifically engage in this and other more popular types of programming.

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