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Thursday, 17 November 1960

Mr DAVIDSON - I shall answer the last part of the honorable member's question first. There is no intention deliberately to hold up the establishment of national stations so as to let the commercial stations commence operations. The position is that planning has been proceeding for some time in anticipation of the expansion of the national services, and discussions are currently taking place between the PostmasterGeneral's Department, the Australian Broadcasting Control Board and the Australian Broadcasting Commission, all of which are involved in the extension of the national services. The matter will proceed as rapidly as possible; but as I said in my statement on country television licences recently, it is not expected that the national services will be in operation as soon as the commercial stations, largely because of the fact that the departments have thirteen stations to provide for whereas in the commercial field, each company has one station.

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