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Thursday, 25 November 1965

Mr HULME - 1 am not aware that I said earlier in the year that the only means by which television could be provided in the areas referred to was by national stations. As to the problem associated with the provision of television in an area such as Kalgoorlie, the microwave or coaxial cable system, which will eventually be installed between east and west, may provide the opportunity for the establishment of a station there on a relay basis. This would be some years ahead as yet. There has been no enthusiasm by commercial interests to establish stations in the areas to which the honorable member referred or in similar areas. I am not sure what is involved in the use of package stations. I have asked the Australian Broadcasting Control Board to investigate this matter and to offer me advice in relation to it. Until I receive that advice I will not make any comment on the suitability of package stations for the provision of television services in these areas. I did say earlier in the year that the cost of installing a high powered station in an area such as Kalgoorlie, or Geraldton, might be of the order of £1 million. I was not prepared to recommend to the Government an expenditure of this nature in order to provide this type of station.

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