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Thursday, 9 December 1976
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Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) Which departments are members of the interdepartmental committee on the needs of the Radio Australia service.

(2)   What are its terms of reference.

(3   ) When was it established.

(4)   When will it report

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The Postal and Telecommunications Department and the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Foreign Affairs, the Treasury and Overseas Trade. In addition the Australian Broadcasting Commission and the Australian Telecommunications Commission are represented.

(2)   To review the operations and needs of Radio Australia in the light of the recommendations of the Waller Report and the Green Report.

(3)   5 November 1976.

(4)   10 December 1976.

Broadcasting: Station 2JJ (Question No. 1597)

Mr O'KEEFE (PATERSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did broadcasting station 2JJ between 12.20 and 1 2.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 10 November 1976, broadcast in a woman 's voice a filthy and degenerate narrative.

(2)   If so, will he call for the tape of this episode and take the necessary action to stop such filth being broadcast to the Australian people.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(   1 ) Following complaints to the ABC, senior radio executives of the Commission listened to the segment and found it unsuitable for broadcasting.

(2   ) The announcer responsible for using the recording was immediately suspended and subsequently dismissed.

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