Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Senate Standing Committee Report on FM radio



Download PDFDownload PDF

STATEMENT BY SENATOR HAROLD YOUNG, OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN ON THE MEDIA, COMMENTING ON THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND THE ARTS REPORT DEALING WITH FM RADIO.

"The Committee has exposed the shallowness of the Labor Party's policy on Media questions.

"It has shown the Government has no understanding of the needs of either the radio media or the listening public.

"This Committee has spent much time investigating the FM radio question. Its expertise should be unchallenged.

"The Committee report is in direct conflict with the Government policy laid down at the recent Terrigal Conference.

"At that conference the A.L.P. declared that 1 No FM licences will be granted to the commercial sector."

"The Committee report says:

There are good reasons why some FM stations at least should be commercial stations. There appear to be disadvantages in restricting FM services to public broadcasting and other non-commercial

stations. (p.18)

It is obvious that many thousands of Australians listen regularly to commercial radio stations. Why should the advantages of FM radio be denied to these listeners. (p.19) .

The Committee goes on -It seems unnecessarily harsh to deprive current AM operators of the opportunity to use the new and for some purposes, better medium.

"I shall be asking the Minister for the Media for his views on the Committee report.

"The report is totally against what I would consider to be the very biased and sectional policy laid down by the A.L.P.

"It shows once again the A.L.P. propensity to jump first and look later".

CANBERRA 17th April, 1975