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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . .

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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Noes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Radio Print Handicapped

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.34): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) radio station 1RPH, radio for the print handicapped, has been providing a reading service for people with print disabilities for over 30 years;

(b) it has received annual funding from the Commonwealth, through the Community Broadcasting Foundation since 1983;

(c) it has received funding from the ACT Government through Disability ACT;

(d) the new NDIS arrangements have resulted in funding from this source being discontinued from 1 July 2016; and

(e) this funding, representing some 25% of the total revenue for 1RPH, will put significant pressure on its ability to deliver its service; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to continue funding the service provided by 1RPH, if necessary from an alternative funding source.

I have been a volunteer at Radio 1RPH for longer than I can remember. I do not remember exactly when I started but I know that it was before I became a member of this place. I know, as a result of being a volunteer at Radio Print Handicapped and because of the feedback that I have received over the years, how important radio for the print handicapped is in the ACT and how important it is across the nation.

I have moved this motion today to draw attention to the problem being faced by our own 1RPH, Radio for Print Handicapped. It is also a problem that will become a national problem for radio for the print handicapped as the NDIS rolls out. My motion is a simple one. It acknowledges the important role of Radio 1RPH in the ACT community and calls on the government to continue the funding that it has previously provided after 1 July this year.

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