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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2156

Question No. 503

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 13 September 1983:

(1) What is the present position with the introduction of AM stereo radio in Australia.

(2) Is it necessary by law for his Department to be involved in its introduction; if so, which specific sections of which Act require this intervention; if not, (a) is the Department involved, (b) why and (c) how is it involved.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Tests of alternative systems for AM stereo are being conducted by my Department in association with the broadcasting industry.

(2) Yes. Section 111C (1) of the Broadcasting and Television Act 1942 charges me with the determination of standards for technical equipment for broadcasting and television services. It is in the public interest that proper standards are investigated and developed for AM stereo, which has a potential for interference to users of the radio spectrum.