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Tuesday, 13 September 1983
Page: 723

Question No. 250

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 26 May 1983:

Will the Government extend ethnic radio to (a) all the State capital cities, (b ) Canberra and (c) large regional cities; if so, will 2EA and 3EA type stations be established; if not what method will be adopted.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Government currently assists ethnic radio through programs broadcasting in Sydney and Melbourne on the fully-funded radio stations 2EA and 3EA and through Commonwealth subsidies for ethnic programs broadcast on public broadcasting stations and one commercial station in the other State capital cities, Darwin, Canberra and nine regional cities.

The Government's policy is that extension of ethnic radio should be through the public broadcasting sector.

My department is currently examining the one hundred submissions received in response to the Discussion Paper on the Extension and Development of Ethnic Radio issued late last year. I will take these submissions into account when deciding on the future development of echnic radio.