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Special budget allocation for Radio Australia



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MEDIA RELEASE Minister for Transport H°n Ra|ph W illis M P and Communications

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17 August 1989

SPECIAL BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR RADIO AUSTRALIA

Radio Australia, the overseas service of the ABC, will benefit from an extra $1.25 million in Commonwealth funding over the next two years.

The Minister for Transport and Communications, Ralph Willis, said the money would be used to replace antenna switching facilities at the Shepparton transmitting station in Victoria and to enable further evaluation of Radio Australia's future transmission needs.

"This evaluation will be undertaken as part of a wider Government review of Radio Australia already under way," Mr Willis said.

"The new antenna switching system at Shepparton will replace equipment nearing the end of its operational life and control the beaming of Radio Australia's transmissions into the important South West Pacific and Central Pacific regions."

Radio Australia broadcasts on shortwave, mainly to the Asia- Pacific region. It has transmitting stations at Shepparton, Darwin, Carnarvon and Brandon near Townsville.

Radio Australia, through its various transmitters, broadcasts in Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, standard Chinese, Cantonese, English, French and Pidgin.

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