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Thursday, 15 May 1980
Page: 2269

Senator ROBERTSON - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Post and Telecommunications. Is it a fact that as from Monday of next week the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Darwin will prepare and present its own news coverage instead of simply having a five-minute prelude to the national news? If this is a fact, will the Minister indicate what additional resources, in terms of staff and funds, have been made available to the ABC in that city to enable it to carry out this most desirable service?

Senator CHANEY - I am not aware of the matter which has been raised by the honourable senator. I certainly welcome it and agree with him that it is a most desirable development. I believe that he, like me, would think it desirable for the Northern Territory if more could be doneincluding through the medium of television- to achieve the same end. I welcome the information that the honourable senator has provided in the question and I will seek from the Minister for Post and Telecommunications the information that he wants about the resources which have been made available for the purpose mentioned.

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