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Tuesday, 14 October 1975
Page: 2029

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

(   1 ) That it is a fundamental principle that the non-English speaking residents of Australia have the right to use the pub- he means of communication in their mother tongue,

(2)   That radio licences for ethnic language broadcasting should not be granted to commercial interests,

(3)   That independent radio stations, funded from public revenue and managed by a Committee appointed by the Minister for the Media and elected by ethnic minorities, should be established in each major city of Australia,

(4)   That all submissions to the Government on the future of radio broadcasts in ethnic languages should be discussed with and agreed upon by the ethnic communities before they are presented to the Government,

(5)   That existing temporary ethnic language broadcasts through radio stations 3ZZ and 3EA should be assisted to broadcast daily and to employ bilingual staff and that ethnic minorities should participate fully in the programming and management of 3EA.

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that (1) an independent radio station, funded by public revenue and managed by a committee elected by ethnic minorities, be established in each major city in Australia to broadcast daily in the languages of ethnic minorities and (2) that those stations currently making ethnic language broadcasts be assisted to do so daily and to involve ethnic minorities fully in programming and management where they do not now do so.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received. by Dr J. F. Cairns. Petition received.

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