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Tuesday, 15 April 1980
Page: 1443

Senator RYAN (ACT) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Post and Telecommunications. It concerns the broadcast of ethnic television programs. Now that the second series of ethnic television programs is underway and is being broadcast on Sunday mornings in Sydney and Melbourne, why has the Minister persisted in his refusal to allow these programs to be broadcast in the Australian Capital Territory where over 20 per cent of the community is of ethnic origin? Will the Minister specifically give reasons for his refusal of the offer by the television station CTC 7 in Canberra to broadcast these programs locally free of charge to the Government?

Senator CHANEY - I am aware that ethnic television programs have recommenced and that they are being broadcast at this stage only in Sydney and Melbourne. That was announced a considerable time ago. I was not familiar with the fact that CTC 7 had made the offer referred to by the honourable senator. I will have to take up the question with Mr Staley, the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, and seek a reply for her.

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