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Margan Delta inaction on encryption viewed as "regrettable"



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22 March 1991

MARGAN DELTA INACTION ON ENCRYPTION VIEWED AS "REGRETTABLE"

It was regrettable that the operator of a Greek language radio service in Melbourne had refused to comply with a licence requirement that it encrypt the service, Mr Warren Snowdon said today.

Mr Snowdon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Communications, said that unfortunately there was no alternative course of action available but to close down the service.

A letter to this effect had been delivered to the operator of the service, Margan Delta Pty Ltd. ‘

"Since the middle of 1990, the Department of Transport and Communications has been endeavouring to have Margan Delta meet a condition of its radiocommunications licence that its transmissions must be encrypted," Mr Snowdon said.

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"Margan Delta was finally given a period of seven weeks to 20 March 1991 in which to carry out this requirement, but has again failed to meet this deadline.

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"It was the third occasion in which Margan Delta had been given extra time to meet this licence condition."

Mr Snowdon said Margan Delta was operating the service as a fully fledged broadcasting station, yet did not have a licence to do so and was avoiding all the obligations and responsibilities applying to broadcasting stations under the Broadcasting Act.

The radiocommunications licence it possessed only allowed it to transmit to commercial premises such as clubs, hotels and other business^."— not to the general public.

"The Government has no wish to see the Greek community of Melbourne disadvantaged by having this service withdrawn," Mr Snowdon said.

"Unfortunately, there now is no alternative to closing the service. Margan Delta has been given every possible opportunity to meet this licence requirement, but has failed repeatedly to comply."

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