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Closure of community access radio station 3ZZ

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. Office of the

Leader of the Opposition

Parliament House Canberra, A .C .T . 2600



Mr Whitlam today sent the following telegram to the

Chairman of the 3ZZ Rally being held tonight in the Melbourne Town Hall: ยท .

"The Australian Labor Party strongly deplores

the Fraser Government's blatant interference

in the operations of the ABC. In particular the decision to force the closure of the . community access station 3ZZ is retrograde . and discriminatory. It will deny a vital

source of information and entertainment to ' thousands of members of minority groups in

. the community. The decision is another

example of the Fraser Government's pandering

to powerful majority interests and its contempt

for the welfare and happiness of those who are

underprivileged or under-represented. . . .

. (sgd) Gough Whitlam "

3 July 1977