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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 115

Question No. 295

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 26 May 1983:

(1) Has the Government made a decision on the introduction of Radiated Subscription Television (RSTV).

(2) Are legislative amendments necessary before RSTV is permitted in any form in Australia; if so, (a) which Acts require amendment and (b) when will they be amended.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Government has made no decision on the introduction of RSTV.

(2) Legislative amendments would be necessary to permit RSTV in Australia. If RSTV is introduced it will be necessary to amend the Broadcasting and Television Act 1942. Should a decision be made to involve the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the provision of RSTV, it would be necessary to amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983. No such decision has yet been made .