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Tuesday, 20 May 1980
Page: 2885

Mr Barry Jones (LALOR, VICTORIA) -I direct my question to the Minister for Post and Telecommunications. Is it a fact that by a letter dated 5 December 1 979 Mr W. Franklin, Secretary of Ansett Transport Industries Ltd, wrote on behalf of that company to the Secretary of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal to advise him of facts which he alleged showed that Mr Rupert Murdoch and/or the News group of companies were purchasing shares in Ansett Transport Industries Ltd in breach of the various offence provisions of the

Broadcasting and Television Act relating to limitation of ownership of television stations? Is it a fact that in this letter Mr Franklin said that no doubt the Tribunal would initiate its own inquiry and would use its powers to prevent any contravention of the Act or other offences? Is it a fact that the Secretary of the Tribunal did not even reply to Mr Franklin's letter? Will the Minister table the letter to the Tribunal from Mr Franklin?

Mr STALEY - I will make inquiries about the matter raised by the honourable gentleman and give him an answer as soon as possible.

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