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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 440

Senator PANIZZA (7.42 p.m.) —I support the remarks of Senator Calvert in relation to television services in Tasmania. I visited Tasmania with members of the Senate Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, and we looked at that situation. While honourable senators feel for the children of Tasmania who cannot see the Commonwealth Games, I urge them to feel also for the people in west and east Pilbara, the Murchison, right out to the Gibson Desert, stretching from the Indian Ocean to the boarders of South Australia and Northern Territory—an area bigger than New South Wales—who cannot even listen to, let alone see, the games.

  This situation came about by the National Transmission Agency shutting down the VLW short-wave transmitter some months ago. We were told that it needs $2 million for a new transmitter in order for those people to listen to, let alone see, what is going on in the rest of the world. Compare this $2 million to the losses this week on ANL and see what that means. Once again, in backing up what Senator Calvert has said, I urge the National Transmission Agency to look at those regions in Western Australia where it has shut down VLW short-wave transmission.