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Wednesday, 21 September 1994
Page: 1032

Senator NEWMAN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the National Transmission Agency has failed to provide adequate television reception to many Tasmanians because UHF line-of-sight transmission is not suited to Tasmania's rugged terrain,

    (ii)the Government acknowledges that even after existing equipment is upgraded in 1995 and new transmitters are installed during the next 2 years, areas of poor reception will remain,

    (iii)in 1989, the Labor Government assured Parliament that all existing services would remain on VHF and that first-class television reception would be delivered to all residents of Tasmania, and

    (iv)existing national and commercial services in the flat Riverland area of South Australia are to stay on VHF, but hilly Tasmania has been forced to relocate to the unsuitable UHF band;

  (b)condemns the Government for ignoring the true extent of the problem and not honouring its previous commitments; and

  (c)calls on the Government to urgently investigate all areas of poor reception and provide additional transmitters so that all Tasmanians receive first-class television reception as previously promised.