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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(1)   Under what circumstances are licences issued for the use of tranceivers in the citizens radio band.

(2)   How many of these licences are current.

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

(   1 ) There is no radio fequency band set aside in Australia purely for a citizens radio service such as exists in the United States of America and certain other countries. However portion ofthe 27 megahertz band has been used for handphone mobile radio services. Such services are authorised for emergency purposes, to facilitate industrial, business or pastoral activities and for other useful purposes which are considered to warrant the grant of a licence.

(2)   As at 30 June 1976 25 099 of such licences were currently in force.

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