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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1282

Senator DOUGLAS McCLELLAND (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Acting Postmaster-General: Have difficulties been encountered in settling a price for satellite relay of the Munich Olympic Games to Australia? Are negotiations on this matter proceeding? Will the Government assure the Australian people that every avenue will be explored to obtain relay telecasts of these events to Australia? What stage have the present negotiations reached?

Senator COTTON - When I inherited this Acting Postmaster-Generalship, one of the very early things in which I was involved was the problem to which the honourable senator refers. There have been difficulties in the negotiations. The price that was being asked for this service was, in the view of the Australian Broadcasting Commission and the Postmaster-General's Department, extremely exorbitant. Negotiations have been going on for quite some time. They have now reached a stage about which I am not able to be precise, except to say that it is my understanding that before very long - in a matter of a few days - I will be able to announce that they have been concluded satisfactorily and at quite a satisfactory price, so that the Australian people quite properly will be able to see telecasts of the Olympic Games.

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