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Friday, 5 June 1970

Mr Uren asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Commonwealth Bureau of Roads exercise any control over the funds given to the States under the Commonwealth Aid Roads Act.

(2)   Does the Bureau tender advice to State highway authorities on the likely effects of road investment decisions.

(3)   If so, what advice was given on the effects of the proposed extension of the Warringah Expressway in Sydney.

(4)   Does the Bureau encourage State road authorities to heed advice of the appropriate State planning authorities so that investment in roads will be co-ordinated with those of other authorities and lead to the orderly development of out cities.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

(1)   The Commonwealth Bureau of Roads Act, 1964, provides that the functions of the Bureau are to report to the Commonwealth Government, through the Minister for Shipping and Transport, in relation to roads and road transport. Neither the Bureau of Roads Act nor the Commonwealth Aid Roads Act, 1969, gives the Bureau any responsibilities with regard tothe administration of grants bythe Commonwealth to the States for roadworks.

(2)   The Bureau tenders advice to a State highway authority only on request of the authority.

(3)   No advice was given by the Bureau on the effects of the proposed extension of the Warringah Expressway.

(4)   The Bureau endeavours to encourage cooperation between all governmental authorities concerned with roads and rood transport.

Third Party Insurance: Analysis of Costs (QuestionNo.1111)

Mr Uren asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Has his Department made an analysis of costs of the operation of compulsory third party insurance schemes in operation in Australia which would show (a) administration costs, (b) legal costs, (c) hospital and medical costs, (d) compensation paid to victimsof accidents caused by motor vehicles and (c) payments made to accident victims fortime off work.

(2)   Can he say in respect of the last financial year how many persons received compensation payments, either in a lump sum or by way of weekly payments.

(3)   How many of those persons who made claims failed to receive any compensation.

(4)   Has there been any investigation madeto determine the average waiting period for payment or settlement of claims after an accident.

(5)   If he has insufficient information to supply answers to these questions will he undertake to set up a commission of inanity to examine all aspectsof compensation for road accidents.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No analysis of costs of the operation of compulsory third parly insurance schemes has been made by my Department.

(2)   , (3) and (4) The information sought by the honourable member in these parts of his question could only be obtained from the various Stale Governments and for the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, the Department of the Interior. Each State and Territory is responsible for the administrationof its own compulsory third party insurance and information of this nature is not made available to my Department.

(5)   The Australian Transport Advisory Council has considered the subject of compulsory third party insurance. At present Council is awaiting the results of an inquiry by a committee established by the New South Wales Government to examine all aspects of third party insurance schemes. When that committee's report is to hand, the matter will be examined further by Council.

Television Transmission (Question No. 900)

MrHayden asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Has any technical/economic assessment been made by his Department of television programme transmission by coaxial cable from transmission points to domestic receivers; if so, what were the results of the study.

(2)   Did a recent American survey suggest that this system may be less expensive than conventional methods.

(3)   Would this system based on, say, a 20- channel coaxial cable added to the existing telephone wire network, overcome the shortage of television channels.

Mr Hulme - The answerto the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Australian Broadcasting Control Board keeps all developments in connection with the technical means of distributing television programmes under study. The Board has not made any specific study of cable television of the nature referred to by the honourable member.

(2)   There have been many studies overseas of cable television. However, the question of whether that system would be cheaper than conventional television could only be decided in relation to a specific situation.

(3)   The availability of channels has not been a limiting factor on the provision of television in Australia.

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