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Govt should act immediately to expand television services for Australian consumers



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MEDIA RELEASE AUSTRALIA,

THE SENATE

SENATOR! ΤΓΘΚίν GnlESSNEIft SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

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GOVT SHOULD ACT IMMEDIATELY TO EXPAND TELEVISION SERVICES FOR AUSTRALIAN CONSUMERS

The onus in on the Hawke Government to demonstrate that television viewers will be better served by liberalising the television industry generally.

Senator Tony Messner, Shadow Minister for Communications, said that, if entry to new operators was encouraged, there would be no need to maintain any television ownership limit.

The removal of any upper limit on television ownership under certain conditions could lead to increased competition and greater consumer benefits.

The Liberal and National Parties favour breaking down some of the barriers to entry into the television market so that the public is given a greater choice of services.

One of the more onerous barriers to entry that should be abolished is the Government's moratorium on pay television.

If the television industry was allowed to grow and develop, a greater range of competitive services would be provided, and television ownership limits would become redundant.

Senator Messner said that one way through which the Government can meet the challenges in the television market is to immediate deregulate pay television, so that it can be introduced as soon as possible.

If the Government agreed to lifting its moratorium, pay television could commence next year in various forms, using different technologies.

Senator Messner said that if the Government failed to accept the challenge to decisively move for greater competition in the television industry, it would be grossly neglecting its duty to Australian consumers.

25 APRIL 1988 ENQUIRIES: SENATOR MESSNER GREG DAVIS (08) 2233 404 (H) (062) 727 111 (H)

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