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Wednesday, 1 December 1976
Page: 3025

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Post and Telecommunications a question. Three weeks ago he told me that he had asked his Department to consider the report of Sir Keith Waller on Radio Australia, in consultation with other departments, and that he hoped to bring something to the Parliament in the near future. I now ask: Is it a fact that his Department and the Treasury have now recommended that Radio Australia be closed? Since he has tabled Mr Green's recommendation on Radio Australia, why is the Government so dilatory in, or reluctant to, table Sir Keith Waller's recommendations? Can the Minister announce the Government's decision before the Christmas recess?

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The suggestion that my Department and Treasury have recommended that Radio Australia be closed is incorrect. Such is not the case. As I indicated to the Leader of the Opposition earlier, I believe that very shortly I will be able to make to the Government and to the Parliament some recommendations. It is very close. I will look to see whether it is possible to do so prior to the recess.

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