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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2168

Question No. 561

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 22 September 1983:

(1) What is the status of a request by the Darwin television station NTD-8 for a special microwave rate.

(2) Has he intervened to help achieve a compromise between Telecom Australia and the station.

(3) If a compromise has been reached, (a) when and (b) what are the details of the concessional rate for microwave transmission.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, based on advice from the Australian Telecommunications Commission, is as follows:

(1) Agreement was reached between Telecom and NTD-8 on 7 September 1983 for the use of television relay facilities for a period of 12 months from 1 October 1983 .

(2) No, other than to seek information from the parties.

(3) (a) See answer to (1) above.

(b) The agreement negotiated with NTD-8 was based on Telecom's standard commercial rates. Such commercial agreements are confidential to the parties concerned.