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Thursday, 22 October 1931

Mr MARKS asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Was an advertisement inserted in the SydneyMorning Herald of 26th August last, by the Postmaster-General's Department, calling for applications for the position of Radio Postmaster at Camooweal?

2.   If so, did the advertisement state that applicants must hold a first-class commercial operators' certificate?

3.   Was the present holder of the position at Camooweal in possession of a first-class certificate issued under the Washington International Radio-telegraphic Convention, at the time of his appointment; if so, what was the date of issue, and the number of the certificate?

4.   Does the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1905-19 require that all licensed broadcasting stations must be operated by persons holding a commercial operators' certificate?

5.   If so, are all the licensed stations so operated ?

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The advertisement stated applicants were required to hold a first-class wireless operator's proficiency certificate, or to furnish evidence of qualifications of a similar standard.

3.   The successful applicant, who is a permanent officer of the Public Service with the requisite qualifications, holds a first-class certicate of proficiency, in conformity with the requirements of the Washington International Regulations. It was issued on15th December, 1921, and is No. 682.

4.   No; but the regulations require that the installation shall be operated by persons competent in the opinion of the Postmaster-General to operate the installation.

5.   See answer to No. 4.

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