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Thursday, 1 June 1972
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Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   How many people receive the concessional rate for radio and television licences.

(2)   What is the estimated cost to the Department for this concession.


Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) The PostmasterGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Section 128 (1) of the Broadcasting and Television Act prescribes the following licence fees:

Broadcast Listener's Licence (Zone 1), $8.00.

Broadcast Listener's Licence (Zone 2), $4.25.

Television Viewer's Licence, $19.00.

Combined Receiving Licence, $26.50.

Section 128 (2) of the Act provides that schools and blind persons may be granted broadcast and television licences free of charge. As at 31st March 1972 there were 10,596 'Free' licences in force.

Section 128 (3) of the Act provides for the granting of licences to pensioners at the following rates:

Broadcast Listener's Licence (Zone 1), $1.00.

Broadcast Listener's Licence (Zone 2), $0.70.

Television Viewer's Licence, $3.00.

Combined Receiving Licence, $4.00.

As at 31st March 1972 the following pensioner licences were in force.

Broadcast Listener's Licences (Zone 1), 70,544.

Broadcast Listener's Licences (Zone 2), 1,237.

Television Viewer's Licences, 36,565.

Combined Receiving Licences. 389,066.

(2)   Had the normal fee been applied to the licences issued under Section 123 (2) and 128 (3) of the Act, the additional revenue to the Commonwealth, based on the licences in force as at 31st March1972, would have been:

 







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