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WARWICK SMITH M.K i i v n v i a ./L Shadow Minister for Communications

25 March 1991

Special Message to Radio Stations

F IG H T T H E A D V E R T IS IN G B A N

The Opposition Spokesman for Communications, Warwick Smith, today called on radio stations to fight the ban on political advertising in the electronic media.

Mr Smith said the radio industry, already under severe financial pressure, would be further threatened by the proposed ban.

He said the radio industry had already been placed under 'economic siege' by Federal Government policies which had -. ignored the need for fast track supplementary licences, . delayed band clearance,

. allowed the ABT licence system to stifle growth, . neglected localism, and . denied the security needed for investment.

'The Government's attempt to deny free speech has been widely condemned by many community interest groups, the National Farmers Federation, the Confederation of Australian Industry, the Business Council of Australia, and the Law Council of

Australia.

Mr Smith said the Democrats may move an amendment to exclude radio from the ban. However, the Coalition would seek the rejection of the total proposal.

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