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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1949

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for the Media. Is it a fact that the Radio Australia staff have been operating from old, dilapidated, unhealthy and cramped premises that previously served as a biscuit factory in Melbourne? Because of the obvious interest the

Minister has generated in the activities of Radio Australia and in the working conditions of all the staff in the Australian Broadcasting Commission, will he take action to see that Radio Australia officers are quartered in more suitable premises?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is true, as Senator Poyser has suggested, that for some years Radio Australia has been working out of what used to be a biscuit factory in Melbourne. I understand that before that it was a hat factory. When this matter was brought to my attention shortly after my assuming ministerial office I discussed the matter with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and arrangements have now been made as a result of the Government's making additional finance available to the Commission this financial year for the officers of Radio Australia to be relocated in a modern building known as Marland House in Bourke Street, which is occupied by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. I understand that in the first week in December officers of Radio Australia will be commencing to move into that building. Of course, it will take some time before new studio facilities and equipment can be installed, but at least a move is being made in that direction and to provide Radio Australia with more modern and up to date premises. It is hoped there will be a continuing improvement in the output and standards of Radio Australia.

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