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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
Page: 3342

Question No. 175


Senator Reynolds asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 19 May 1983:

Are many provincial city public broadcasting stations in a difficult financial position by attempting to establish themselves in a period of tight economic conditions; if so, what measures or remedies does the Government propose to take in order to enable such fledgling public organizations to meet their commitments .


Senator Button —The Minister for Communications has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government is aware that public broadcasting stations are operating under difficult economic circumstances, particularly those in the early stages of establishment. The Public Broadcasting Association of Australia is in the process of establishing the Public Broadcasting Foundation with the objective of raising funds from public and private sector sources to assist stations and prospective licensees. As announced in the 1983-84 Budget the Government is providing $100,000 for initial work on establishing the Foundation. In addition, the Foundation will make recommendations to the Minister regarding allocation of grants to public broadcasters in 1983-84 for which $200,000 has been made available by the Government.