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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

Mr DAVIDSON - As I have stated when dealing with the extension of television to country areas, there will be a plan for further extension into those areas following the present phase three. It is hoped that that further extension, which we may term phase four will cover those country areas not serviced in phase three. I think I have pointed out to the House that the investigation which, as the honorable member has said, commences to-day, into some 44 applications in respect of thirteen country areas, will embrace questions which have not previously been considered by the board - questions which arise from the extension of television to country areas. Undoubtedly the determination of questions particularly associated with country television, such as the availability of frequencies and programmes, capital expenditure and so on, will provide a basis on which further applications in other phases can be rapidly determined. Therefore, I should say that the investigation now proceeding will be of great value not only to the present applicants, but also to those who follow and make application for further extension to country areas.

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