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Wednesday, 10 September 1958


Mr DAVIDSON - The granting of concessional rates in respect of television licence-fees is a matter which is determined by a particular section of the Broadcasting and Television Act. Speaking from memory, I think it is provided that licences may be granted free to certain persons, such as blind persons over the age of sixteen years, and to schools, and that reduced rates are payable by certain classes of age and invalid pensioners. It is not competent for the department to go beyond that in the granting of concessional rates for television or broadcasting licences; but I inform the honorable member for Henty that in certain cases where a hall has been used solely or largely by age pensioners who come within the provisions of the exemption, the department has been prepared to grant a concession. From the form of the question, I do not know whether the honorable member's suggestion comes within that category, but I shall be glad to have a further look at it to see whether it does. The question of extending concessions for broadcasting, and more recently television, licences, has received a great deal of attention over a period of years from various bodies, and on each occasion it has been decided that it would be unwise to extend the scope of the concessions.







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