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Letter The Hon Steve Dunham Minister for Health Family and Childrens Services To Andrew Rutter News Director Channel 8 Dated 24 November 1999



Letter The Hon Steve Dunham Minister for Health Family and Childrens Services To Andrew Rutter News Director Channel 8 Dated 24 November 1999

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'I TRANSMISSION REPORT SID : Number : Date : 24-11-99 21:46 Date/Time 24-11 21:46 Dialled number 089812722 078=NTD8 DARUIN Subscriber +61889812722 Durat. 0' 26" Mode NORMAL Pages 1 Status Correct MINISTER FOR HEALTH, FAMILY & CHILDRENS SERVICES MINISTER FOR SENIOR TERRITORIANS Pariiamail IIaum G P O B m JU h Darwin NT IWWD Darwin N T 0801 Telephone lOK) K99V 7K5K Facsimile (0818VW MM>6 CONFIDENTIAL Andrew Rutter News Director Channel 8 Gardens Hill DARWIN NT 0800 Dear Andrew I have Just viewed your news story tonight Language Barrier and I am concerned that one of your interviewees. Dr Anthony Page, was Identified by a "banner* accompanying his Image and voiceover entitled *Royal Darwin Hospital. Given that: 1. Dr Page has no authority to speak on behalf of Royal Darwin Hospital in relation these matters; 2. The allegations are serious, and as yet unsubstantiated; and ti. The allegations Indicate wrong doing which may result in future action; I would apprcciair your company's position on this matter. It is Important to ascertain whether Dr Page identified himself to your reporters as a bona fide spokesman for the Royal Darwin Hospital, or whether an error has occurred in the compilation of the story. In the event that the former proposition is the case, I would appreciate an urgent written confirmation. In the event of the latter. 1 would appreciate an explanation which clarifies the Issue to he broadcast on your news service as a matter of urgency. STEPHEN DUNHAM * K n th e n Territory OnvcmmEnl

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