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Sixth Channel Report



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M EDIA RELEASE A TTG TT ? Δ Τ . Τ Δ . U

Shadow Minister for Communications Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives

WARWICK SMITH M.P.

10 S e p te m b e r 1992

SIXTH CHANNEL REPORT

The R eport of the H ouse of R epresentative Inquiry into Possible Uses

of the Sixth High P ow er Television C hannel is w elco m e and I will

study it carefully.

The assessm ent th at taxpayer funded com m unity access television is

neither cost-effective nor reasonable given scarce financial resources

which have com peting uses is, of course, self evident.

As I pointed out last w eek, the Coalition d o es not envisage a

C om m onw ealth funding com m itm ent for the sixth channel at this tim e

a n d while access to som e public broadcasting m ight be

contem plated there m ay be other options that m ight even involve the

com m ercial broadcasters.

The review of the television broadcasting industry m entioned in the

report ought to take place well before the deadline of July 1997

p ro p o sed by the G overnm ent so that a decision on use of the sixth

channel can be determ ined in the light of m uch m ore com prehensive

information.

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