Radio NZ11August 2017
 Australia's senate has rejected proposed legislation to restore the 
international radio service of the country's public broadcaster. Many remote 
communities in Pacific island countries rely on shortwave radio.  Photo: RNZI  
The bill would have required the ABC to restore its shortwave transmission 
services which the broadcaster ended in January this year.This move was 
described in the bill as having deprived communities in Papua New Guinea, 
Solomon Islands and other parts of the Pacific of access to reliable emergency 
broadcasting.Submitters of the bill questioned the ABC's assertions that very 
few listeners accessed Radio Australia's shortwave service.Concerns of the 
submitters included perceived neglect of remote communities in the Pacific, and 
the loss of capacity for emergency warning broadcasts.They also appealed to 
Australia's own regional interests, warning of the potential loss of an avenue 
for diplomacy and "soft power" in the Pacific.But the senate committee 
concluded that the measures proposed in the bill were not an appropriate way to 
address the concerns raised about the end of the shortwave services.However the 
committee's decision came with some dissenting reports.In one of them, Senator 
Nick Xenophon described the decision to shut down ABC shortwave as a 
significant foreign policy failure."The board cannot really be blamed for this 
oversight; foreign policy is a responsibility of the whole of government," he 
said."In allowing the ABC Board to shut down ABC shortwave, the government has 
failed."

Australian senate rejects bill to restore ABC shortwave

  
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