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Wednesday, 10 November 1976

Mr Lloyd (MURRAY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is it the intention of the Government to provide Radio Australia, or whatever organisation is responsible in the future for external broadcasting services, with comparable transmission equipment to that being provided in other countries.

(2)   Has his attention been drawn to reports that the greater range and volume of other countries' transmitters are crowding out Radio Australia in South-East Asia.

(3)   What action has been taken or will be taken on Sir Keith Waller's recommendations for Radio Australia.

(4)   When will the Darwin transmitter be rebuilt.

(5)   When will the Radio Australia facility at Shepparton receive modern equipment to replace the outdated, 30 year old equipment now being used.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Yes. Although firm plans for any improvements have not yet been finalised.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   An inter-departmental committee convened by my Department has been working for some weeks on the preparation of a full report on the needs of the Radio Australia service. The report is expected to be completed shortly and will cover all of the issues raised in Sir Keith Waller's earlier report including the questions of rehabilitation of the damaged Darwin station and the obsolescence of the Shepparton station.

(4)   See (3).

(5)   See(3).

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