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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 736

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

Does the cost of satellite broadcasts cost about 50 per cent more on the down circuit into Australia than it does to sent on the up circuit to London; if so, what is the reason for the difference in costs.

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

In Australian dollars the present chargefor satellite television programmes between London and the satellite is $840 for the first 10 minutes and $25 for each minute thereafter; the charge between the satellite and Adelaide (through the Ceduna earth station) is $850 for the first 10 minutes and $40 for each minute thereafter. The difference that does exist mainly relates to the lower utilisation and consequential higher unit costs of the Australian earth station when compared with the more heavily loaded earth station in Britain. In addition there are different costs for the extensions from the earth stations to the terminals in London and Adelaide - the distance in Australia is longer than that in the United Kingdom

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