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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 164

Senator Brown asked the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 17 November 2004:

With reference to the letter sent to the then Minister, the Hon Daryl Williams, on 30 May 2004 by the Australian Indigenous Communications Association, which included 19 requests for an undertaking by the Minister in relation to the department taking over responsibility for Indigenous broadcasting and other Indigenous media from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission:

(1)   Has the Minister responded to each of the points raised; if not, which responses are still outstanding.

(2)   Which of the requested undertakings has the Government: (a) agreed to; and (b) declined.

(3)   Subsequent to receipt of the letter, has there been any meeting between representatives of the association and: (a) the previous or current Minister; (b) ministerial advisers; and (c) officers of the department

Senator Coonan (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) I responded to the issues raised in the letter of 30 May 2004 from Ms Ella Geia, the Chairperson of the Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA), on the 30 November 2004.

(3) (a)   Yes.

(b)   Yes.

(c)   Yes.