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Friday, 23 August 1985
Page: 252

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Canberra in Parliament assembled.

The humble petition of certain citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that:

(a) The current agreements between certain Australian sporting governing bodies and certain television networks result in a totally inadequate coverage of nationally significant sporting events thus depriving Australian citizens of adequate opportunity to view those events.

(b) Certain Australian television networks are deliberately entering into agreements with sporting bodies to obtain exclusive television rights to certain sporting events which are clearly and unmistakenly timetabled in such a way that it is impossible to show both. This practice means that sections of the Australian population are being deprived of opportunities to view these events owing to the totally selfish and mercenary activities of those television networks.

Your petitioners humbly pray that the Parliament in its wisdom will take immediate action to legislate to prevent both of the above practices from occurring.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.