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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Mr PEARCE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the PostmasterGeneral whether it is correct that under the terms of the international agreement by which frequency allocations made by the Atlantic City conference to the various radio services are applied, any of the participating administrations may vary the terms of these allocations to any extent to which variations do not infringe the services of other parties to the agreement. If this is the position, will the Postmaster-General request the radio administration of his department to authorize an extension of the frequency spectrum at 7 megacycles, now available to radio amateurs in Australia, by permitting the use of the segment from 7.15 megacycles to 7.3 megacycles during daylight hours, say from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily according to the local time zone, during which hours propagation laws make transmissions at this frequency strictly domestic in range? Will the Minister further ask the department to make plans for arranging at the next international radiotelegraphic conference for the permanent full-time extension of the 7 megacycles amateur frequency band to 7.3 megacycles for use by Australian amateurs?

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