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Wednesday, 30 April 1980
Page: 1951

Senator RYAN (ACT) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Post and Telecommunications. In view of the media speculation and public concern about the cost to the public purse of the proposed Independent and Multicultural Broadcasting Corporationestimates of up to $ 140m have been quoted- can the Minister say what investigations the Government has carried out to determine the full cost, including all costs associated with the installation of and changes to technical equipment, of setting up this service? What are the results of those investigations?

Senator CHANEY - Honourable senators would be aware that the establishment of the Independent and Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation arises from pre-election undertakings made by the Government which it is proceeding to meet. Honourable senators would also be aware that the Special Broadcasting Service has been conducting pilot programs which have provided some experience in both radio and television for ethnic communities. I will have to refer the detailed matters about which the honourable senator has asked to Mr Staley for reply.

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