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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 20

Mr KERIN (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I refer the Minister for Post and Telecommunications to the departmental minute of 13 December 1979 sent to the Minister by Mr Payne as the acting head of his Department. I ask the Minister whether he wrote on the minute these words:

It is my understanding that Mr Murdoch has assured the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal that action is in hand to ensure compliance with the Act.

How did the Minister obtain this understanding? Did the Minister have any direct or indirect contact with Mr Murdoch regarding this matter in October, November or December last year?

Mr STALEY - I have been reading the newspapers. I noticed that Mr Murdoch had said that he had been intending to do certain things and that certain other things followed. It was a matter, as I have already said, of public debate and public comment that Mr Murdoch would be seeking to divest himself of certain shareholdings in order to seek certain others.

Mr Young - Did you speak to him? Mr STALEY- I did not speak to Mr Murdoch.

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