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Wednesday, 13 May 1981
Page: 2298

Mr TUCKEY —I refer the Minister for Communications to the recent amendments to the Broadcasting and Television Act which allow community groups to erect national television translators. Can the Minister advise the House of the number of applications that have been received as a result of this legislation? Can he further state when the residents of Howick and Condingup in the Esperance Shire might receive approval of their applications?

Mr SINCLAIR —The objective in introducing this procedure was to enable local community groups which are anxious for an early introduction of a translator facility to have a means by which they could achieve that end without it necessarily awaiting the allocation of a priority within the overall funding of matters encompassed by the Government purse. It is true that there have been very few, as I understand it, that have been implemented to date. However, I will find the exact information and provide the honourable gentleman with a response. The way in which the local community groups can proceed is in accordance with a procedure which involves a notification which is issued by the Minister. Again, perhaps the best procedure would be for me to respond to that part of the honourable gentleman's question as if it were a question on notice.