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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 524

Mr E G WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

What additional funds will be made available to the Australian Broadcasting Commission to permit it to fulfil its additional responsibility for ethnic radio. (Hansard, 22 September 1976, page 1287).

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

In a press statement dated 9 December 1976 the Australian Broadcasting Commission accepted the Government's invitation to assume responsibility for ethnic radio, subject to the availability of adequate funds.

As negotiations with the Treasurer are still proceeding, the precise amount involved has yet to be determined.

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