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Thursday, 27 May 1993
Page: 1448

Senator FERGUSON (11.43 a.m.) —I did not say that there had been any problems involved with broadcasting. The question I ask is why the ABC was not made aware. My office has been in contact with at least a couple of senior people in the ABC who have said that they were not aware of this saving of $11 million. The ABC forms 85 per cent of the NTA's client base. Surely it should have been made aware of decisions about this saving of $11 million; surely it should have been made aware of whether this would have any impact on any of its programs. I would have thought that, if I were selling a service to a client which was 85 per cent of my client base, I would at least be consulting with the consumer and putting it in a position of knowing exactly what was happening. I am just surprised that the ABC was not consulted or informed about this and that it had not been made aware immediately of the decision that there would be a saving of $11 million in this program.