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Wednesday, 8 May 1957


Mr Ward d asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   What is the number of television licences issued in each month since the commencement of the year, showing separate figures with respect to the two States where television operates?

2.   What is the total revenue received by the Commonwealth from the issue of licences, or from any other source connected with television services, in the same period?

3.   What expenditure has been incurred by the Commonwealth up to date in the provision of television services?

4.   What additional expenditure is contemplated in improving or extending television services in Australia during the next five years?

5.   Has any definite programme been decided upon for the extension of television services to other parts of Australia; if so, what are the details?


Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The number of television viewers' licences issued in New South Wales and Victoria are as follows: -

 

2.   The revenue received by the Commonwealth to the end of March, 1957, from the issue of television viewer's licences was £165,377, and from commercial television station licences £400. With respect to other sources, the revenue derived from excise, customs and sales tax is treated as a contribution to general revenue. Excise on cathode ray tubes used in receivers as recorded to the end of February was, however, £88,193, and customs duty collections to the same date amounted to £469,373. Particulars are not available as to the amount paid as customs and excise duty on valves used in television receivers or sales tax on television receivers as separate items.

3.   The expenditure incurred by the Commonwealth on the provision of television services up to 31st March, 1957, amounted to £2,188,537. 4 and 5. Although the question of the extension of television services in the Commonwealth has been under consideration for some time, it is not yet possible to say when and in what areas additional stations will be authorized. Consequently, at this stage, it is impracticable to furnish the information requested.







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