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Thursday, 21 August 1980
Page: 585

Mr DAWKINS (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Did the Minister for Post and Telecommunications say on 20 May, in answering questions about the contravention of the Broadcasting and Television Act by News Ltd, that 'nothing will be held back'? Why did the Minister withhold from the House the fact that he had discussed, by telephone with Sir Reginald Ansett, Sir Reginald's complaints about the breaches of the Act by News Ltd as revealed in the National Times of 1 7 August?

Mr STALEY - The fact is that Sir Reginald rang me at that stage to ask whether anything would be done by me and I said that the administration of this Act is a matter for the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal in the normal way, as I say to every broadcaster - and there are many- who rings me from time to time to inquire as to whether I would be prepared to interfere in the normal processes laid down by the Act.

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