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By johnboy - 16 March 2006 22

Our Brave Leader has put out a media release fretting about what will happen to those unable to save up for a $100 digital receiver when the analog TV signal goes off in 2010.

“Such is the pervasive nature of television, and its importance as a source of information and entertainment in modern society, that such an outcome ought to be unthinkable.

“It seems to be assumed that the market will take care of disadvantaged groups — that retailers will compete for the business of groups such as the poor, the elderly, the disabled, or those without the know-how and confidence to embrace digital technologies.

“This is a questionable assumption and it is vital that the Commonwealth start planning now to ensure that the switchover to digital does not result in the creation of a new layer of second-class citizens in the area of communications technology.”

To what extent is the Chief Minister willing to cripple society to benefit people unwilling to provide for themselves?

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22 Responses to
Add TV to your list of “Rights”
Thumper 3:36 pm 16 Mar 06

Bulldog,

in a word, yes….

Indi 1:34 pm 16 Mar 06

I’d like to see it written into our Bill of Rights that all men, women, children (and their pets) will have access to a qualitytelly…not one of those little B&W’s, but a decent-sized plasma ready for HDTV.

Vader 1:30 pm 16 Mar 06

Televisions have a life expectancy of what – 15 years? It used to be more, but we’re a throwaway society these days.

It seems odd to me that we were only 2 years away from shutting down the analogue network (4 years now) and it is still almost impossible to buy a digital TV (it IS impossible to find an affordable one).

If the feds were serious about it, surely they would have legislated that all TVs sold from a certain date (5 years minimum before shutdown of analogue system) would have to be digital.

Surely selling goods, knowing that they would be unusable (without the purchase of additional equipment) within 4 years, should be made illegal?

jr 1:22 pm 16 Mar 06

Woolworths:
SD TV Tuner $85
SD TV Tuner + DVD $129

Aldi:
SD TV Tuner $69
HD TV Tuner $250

bulldog 1:15 pm 16 Mar 06

And whilst we’re on that Thumper – is anyone else sick to death of having to sit through fifteen minutes of Sydney trafffic woes when we try and watch the news of an evening?

Thumper 12:28 pm 16 Mar 06

One thing we must take into consideration is that we do not have the appalling and inept NSW State Labor government running the Territory.

Sonic may be bizarre at times, but he’s no-where near the dodginess and total disregard for people as are the NSW State Government.

For instance, who in the world builds a tunnel to help with traffic flows, and then limits the number of people going into it because of bad planning.

Now that is truly bizarre….

johnboy 12:16 pm 16 Mar 06

Akiles, I agree completely.

For the purpose of the exercise I was trying to be generous to Mr. Stanhope.

Mr Evil 12:02 pm 16 Mar 06

No wonder non-Canberrans laugh at this city, when our “Big Giant Head” Chief Minister issues media releases like this! Maybe if people can’t watch the idiot box anymore it might encourage them to do something useful like getting exercise, reading a book or even stranger still, talking to their family or neighbours.

Has he issued a media release saying how appalled he is that 85% of people surveyed think that Jana Pittman is a drama-queen yet??????

akiles 12:02 pm 16 Mar 06

Seems a non-issue to me anyway. What are the odds of the cheapest digital receiver being more than $30 in 2010?

bulldog 12:01 pm 16 Mar 06

I’d be careful if I were Sonic – with digital clarity we may be able to confirm a long held belief of mine that our fearless leader may have hair-plugs…

Yet another slow news day I fear. I’d have to agree with vg – this sort of garbage is designed to take the masses eyes off all the other problems facing this fair town.

Thumper 11:54 am 16 Mar 06

Yep, the right to see the Ashes, the right to have a TV.

All exceptionally important things to worry about when the budget has disappeared down a large dark hole somewhat akin to Alice in Through the Looking Glass.

Except Alice came back out….

barking toad 11:00 am 16 Mar 06

vg and thumper youse are very cruel. Our Chief Minister (blessings be upon him) is just seeking to protect our rights and implement his ACT Bill Of Rights for the sort of purpose it was intended.

You must look at the bigger picture. Our rights to view the urn and get a digital set top box are what is important on the international stage. Local issues like health and aged care are mere distractions in the greater scheme of things.

Thumper 10:46 am 16 Mar 06

Second class citizens?

For Christsakes, it a TV. True, I will have to buy something to upgrade, in fact, buy two of them, but its just a fucking TV.

I’ll bet all these people have the internet….

Sonic is off on another intergalactic cruise….

vg 10:40 am 16 Mar 06

Don’t worry about the impending budget deficit, or health, or community programs, or making the city look something other than a toilet outside the Parliamentary Triangle……lets tackle the big issues, digital TV.

If people start planning now, by my rough estimates if they put away a little under 50c a weel they will have their digital set top box.

Having said that it was incredibly hard to set up my digital set top box. I plugged it in, turned it on and it found all the channels itself.

Another amateur cheap shot at the Feds, who now regard him as nothing less than a pimple on a pigs bum. He clearly doesnt have enough to do

erewego 10:34 am 16 Mar 06

BOOO!
Kill your television!
I think going to digital tv asap will lead a whole lot of people to get of their arses
me included. Bring it on!

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