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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 394

Mr Innes asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice, on 22 November 1979:

(1)   Are the only two likely parking lots for an Australian domestic broadcasting satellite over the west coast of Sumatra and just off the western tip of Irian Jaya; if not, what are the prospective space parking lots.

(2)   Has his attention been drawn to a proposal by Ecuador before the United Nations that the territorial limits of nations should extend upwards to infinity in space above those nations and that use of that astral territory by other nations should attract a compensatory fee.

(3)   If so, what action will the Government take on Ecuador's proposition in the United Nations.

(4)   Will the Government pay Indonesia or any other nation parking fees for the use of its air space.

(5)   Will the payment of fees for the use of air space jeopardise the economics of a DBS service.

Mr Staley - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1   ) No, there are many potential orbital slots available for an Australian domestic broadcasting satellite.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   Australia has opposed this proposal in all United Nations agencies.

(4)   and (5) No.

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