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Wednesday, 30 November 1983
Page: 3128

Question No. 631

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 13 October 1983 :

(1) Has he received any complaints concerning possible abuse of section 126 of the Broadcasting and Television Act by test transmission permit holders.

(2) Does he intend to amend the legislation to restrict test transmission to technical procedures, and disallow their use for program purposes.

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

(1) No.

(2) No. The purposes of a test transmission could legitimately range from engineering tests to program evaluation, audience response and the building up of community support. The responsibility for issuing test transmission permits rests with the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal which recently published a policy statement on this topic.