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Wednesday, 24 August 1983
Page: 251

Question No. 259

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

Has his attention been drawn to a statement by Senator Button, on 9 December 1982, saying that transponders on the Australian domestic communications satellite should not be available to the 3 major networks because that would exclude regional television stations and localism in Australian programming and that it would also exclude the development of new services in outback Australia; if so, does that statement represent Government policy.

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

I am aware of Senator Button's statement. Policies on the use of the satellite system for broadcasting (including television) purposes have yet to be determined. When the necessary decisions have been reached an announcement of Government policy will be made.