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ACMA arrogance on Goldfields radio licence.



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30th October 2006

ACMA arrogance on Goldfields Radio Licence Bendigo Federal MP Steve Gibbons has raised Goldfields Community Radio Licence renewal in Federal Parliament today.

Mr Gibbons told the House of Representatives that he believed the Australian Communications Media Authority had exhibited breath taking arrogance in their processing of the licence renewal application.

“I believe the ACMA have displayed a breath taking example of arrogance because of this decision”.

“Fresh FM management have informed me their application for license renewal was despatched on April 28th 2006, well within the prescribed period”.

“I informed Communications Minister Senator Helen Coonan of this in a letter posted on October 9 and to date have not received even an acknowledgement of that letter, let alone a reply”.

Mr Gibbons said the ACMA stated that they believed they had not been supplied with significant evidence that Fresh FM’s application had been sent in April. When Fresh FM resent the application they explained to the Department if they needed proof in the form of a Stat. Dec. they were prepared to forward it immediately.

“Fresh FM received no correspondence back from the Department regarding this matter”.

“Fresh FM programming provides access to a range of multicultural, minority and other community groups, who would not have access to airtime and therefore communication with their communities, if Goldfields Community Radio were unable to continue operating”.

“Goldfields Community Radio also provides live sporting coverage, the only radio station in Central Victoria to do so. They also provide programs specifically for young people, such as programs where school students present programs of music and other information. They have also played a vital role, and been a willing participant in, a range of local charity and fund-raising activities”.