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NEWS RELEASE ^ MAY 27 1983

CALL TO EXTEND ALL PARTY ABC REVIEW COMMITTEE

Shadow Minister for Communications, Bruce Lloyd, (NP, Vic) has called on Communications Minister Muchael Duffy to extend the informal all-Party committee, which will review appointments to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Board,to include Board appointments to the

Special Broadcasting Service also.

Mr Lloyd said that of the seven member SBS Board, four positions were soon to become eligible for re-appointment.

(The SBS is responsible for ethnic radio and television, including the 0-28 network.)

The Prime Minister has approved a six member Committee, consisting of 3 Government members, two Opposition and one Democrat. They will review a short list chosen by Cabinet. The Minister for Communications will have

the deciding vote on"the Committee.

Speaking during the final debate on the ABC legislation in the House of Representatives, Mr Lloyd said that if the Government was to be consistent in its philosophy, it should extend the new Committee's brief to examine the SBS Board appointments also, particularly as so many are soon to come up for re-appointment.

Opposition Members on the Committee are Shadow Communications Minister, Bruce Lloyd and Senator Peter Baume (Lib, NSW).

Opposition leader, Andrew Peacock, has also expressed support for extension of the Committee's review responsibilities.

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contacts: Bruce Lloyd 72.7079