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Friday, 27 November 1959

Mr ALLAN FRASER (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As the PostmasterGeneral is absent, and as this is the last day of the session, I shall request the Prime Minister to obtain from the PostmasterGeneral an answer to my question. In the current examination by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board of applications for television licences in Canberra, is the ability of the applicant to provide a service to the districts surrounding Canberra taken into consideration in deciding which applicant shall obtain the licence? By the surrounding districts I refer particularly to the Goulburn, Braidwood and Cooma districts.

Mr Menzies - Eden-Monaro?

Mr ALLAN FRASER (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes. When I speak of the ability of the applicant to provide such a service, I refer to such factors as the siting of his transmitter, the efficiency of his equipment and his technical knowhow. Will the board give special consideration to these aspects, because the people in the districts surrounding Canberra are as eager as are Canberra residents to enjoy the benefits of a television service?

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