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Thursday, 14 May 1970

Mr HULME (Petrie) (PostmasterGeneral and Vice-President of the Executive Council) - by leave - Mr Speaker, on the 7th May last, in an answer to a question by the honourable member for Bradfield (Mr Turner),I indicated preparedness to ask the Australian Broadcasting Control Board to hold a public inquiry in relation to frequency modulation broadcasting in Australia and that I would announce the terms of reference within a few days. I now advise honourable members that I have made a request to the Australian Broadcasting Control Board in the following terms:

The Minister, pursuant to his powers under Section 18 (2) of the Broadcasting and Television Act 1942-1969, directs the Australian Broadcasting Board to hold an inquiry in accordance with the provisions of Division 3 of Part 11 of the Act into the desirability or otherwise of introducing frequency modulation broadcasting into the Com monwealth. The inquiry should embrace all the technical and economic factors involved having regard particularly to any existing shortcomings in the broadcasting services, and to the experience of overseas countries which are making use of frequency modulation services. As soon as possible after the conclusion of the inquiry, the Board shall make a report and recommendation to the Minister.

While the report will be made to me it is my intention to make the report available to honourable members and the public subsequent to its receipt by me.

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