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Communications, I.T. & The Arts

Communications play an important role in today’s world; the Australian Broadcasting Authority has not been effective in its role. This is evident by the control of the media by a few who provide only a biased one-sided view in the reporting of news and political comment. Australia has an excellent Analogue TV broadcasting system, this should not be replaced by digital until such time that it is proven to be technologically superior, more economical and provide a better service to all Australians.

GAP insists that ‘Postal, telegraphic, telephonic and other like services’ remain in the power of the Parliament. Section 51(v) of the Constitution. This forbids further sale of Telstra, far too much of the communications industry is already foreign controlled. Telstra’s profits should be invested into improving services and reducing pricing, with the phasing out of zone charges.

GAP opposes the digital and Data casting Act 2000, on the following grounds: Proposed dropping of the analog TV signal by 2008. Costs are beyond the reach of normal Australians. Data casting restrictions would impede Australian industry. Digital policy is pandering to commercial broadcasters.

GAP opposes the further privatisation and sale of Telstra, as far Too much of the communications industry is already foreign controlled. Telstra’s profits should be invested into improving services & reducing pricing with the phasing out of zone charges.

GAP opposes transferring of Telstra and telemarketing services offshore, in the pursuit of globalism and at the expense of Australian Jobs.

GAP will ensure Section 51(v) of the Constitution, “Postal, telegraphic, telephonic and other like service” are to be under the control of the Federal Parliament.

GAP proposes to retaining the existing concept of community service obligations, structure and government ownership of Australia Post, with equality in employment for stall management and directors.

GAP opposes deregulation and privatisation of Australia Post.

GAP believes in freedom of the press and we will work to take it out of the control of United Nations (UN) treaties and a few with fixed agendas.

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