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The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts

Chair Mr Paul Neville MP

Deputy Chair Mr Colin Hollis MP

Members Mr Steve Gibbons MP Mr Gary Hardgrave MP Hon David Jull MP Mr Peter Lindsay MP I Mr Stewart McArthur MP

Mr Frank Mossfield AM MP Mr John Murphy MP Mr Stuart St Clair MP

Correspondence and inquiries Inquiry secretary House of Representatives Standing Committee on

Communications, Transport and the Arts Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Tel 02 6277 2329 Fax 02 6277 2067 email Cta.reps@aph.gov.au

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There is to be a major parliamentary inquiry into the radio broadcasting of racing services.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts has been asked by Senator the Hon Richard Alston, Minister for

Communications, Information Technology and the Arts to inquire into and report on the impact of the decision by ABC Radio to discontinue its coverage of major race meetings on Saturdays and public holidays from the end of June 1998.

The committee will inquire into and report on the following terms of reference.

• The extent of, and the value placed on, the coverage of the ABC's radio racing service.

• The impact of the discontinuation of the service on the community and the industry.

• The current extent of radio racing coverage and gaps in that coverage.

• Future options for the provision of broadcasting services of racing in regional Australia.

The committee will call for submissions in the near future and is expected to report before the end of the year.

The inquiry will be advertised on 16-17 July. A full press release will be distributed at that time.

Information will also be made available on the committee web site at http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/ctayindex.htm