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Thursday, 14 June 1984
Page: 3091

(Question No. 539)

Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 18 November 1983:

(1) What new authorities, committees, bureaus, or other such groups:

(a) have been established; or

(b) are proposed, by or within this Department, since 5 March 1983.

(2) How many additional staff:

(a) have been, or are being, appointed; or

(b) are proposed to be recruited, as a result.

Senator Button —The Minister for Communications has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) (a) (i) The Committee of Review of the Special Broadcasting Service; (ii) The Broadcasting Planning Task Force within the Department of Communications is being expanded to review the current use of the very high frequency (VHF) band and to develop an allocation plan for VHF-FM radio and VHF television services.

(b) Nil.

(2) (a) (i) 3; (ii) 0. (b) (i) 10; (ii) 9.