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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 72

(Question No. 46)


Senator Kemp asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 4 May 1993:

  With reference to the answer to Question on Notice No. 1822 (Senate Hansard, 18 August 1992, p.108) relating to the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal:

  (1) What is the current number of full-time and part-time employees.

  (2) What is the breakdown of current full-time and part-time employees in each state, by: (i) major metropolitan; and (ii) non-metropolitan areas.

  (3) What are the projected full-time and part-time staff levels at the end of 1993 and 1994 by: (i) major metropolitan; and (ii) non-metropolitan areas.

  (4) What are the comparative figures for 1987 and 1990 staff levels, by: (i) major metropolitan; and (ii) non-metropolitan areas, be provided.


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

  (1) The Australian Broadcasting Tribunal (ABT) ceased to exist on 5 October 1992 with the introduction of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the commencement of the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA). At 13 May 1993 the ABA employed 190 full-time and 4 part-time staff.

  (2) At 13 May 1993 the ABA had 190 full-time staff and 4 part-time staff located in major metropolitan areas. No staff are located outside metropolitan areas.

(3) Staff levels projections are as follows:

full part

1993—

(i) Major metropolitan areas 150 3

(ii) Non-metropolitan areas nil nil

1994—

(i) Major metropolitan areas 153 3

(ii) Non-metropolitan areas nil nil

  (4) In 1987 the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal had 137 full-time and 1 part-time staff located in major metropolitan areas. In 1990, 125 full-time and 1 part-time staff were located in major metropolitan areas. The ABT had never had staff based in non-metropolitan areas.