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Notice given 19 June 2007

*3373  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—With reference to the four community television stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth:

(1)  What work has the Government undertaken to allot digital spectrum and ensure conversion to digital for these stations;

(2) What impact has a reliance solely on analogue transmission for these stations had on their community reach and audience share.

(3) Over the past decade, has government assistance to community radio stations increased ahead of the consumer price index; if not, why not.

*3374  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2953 (Senate Hansard , 21 March 2007, p. 169) in relation to the finding of the Federal Court of Australia (FCA) in Eberle v Chief Executive Officer of Customs [2004] FCA 989: (a) has the Government assessed or considered assessing the financial loss to Mr Eberle, beyond the costs awarded, of the error made by the Australian Customs Service; and (b) if not, will the Minister do so in order to make good the loss; if not, why not.