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Thursday, 9 December 1976

Mr Jull (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) Can he say whether there are plans to establish an AM radio station in Indonesia broadcasting on 300 000 watts.

(2)   Has he been informed as to whether Papua New Guinea plans to establish ultra high powered AM stations.

(3)   Is there any way that Australia's AM frequencies can be protected from interference by any overseas high powered stations.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   Yes- in fact the medium frequency (AM) station, located at Djakarta, is already in operation.

(2)   Papua New Guinea has plans to establish two medium frequency (AM) broadcasting stations at Lae, each with a power of 100 000 watts, but no dates for the commissioning of these stations have yet been set, so far as Australia is aware. It would not be appropriate to apply the term 'ultra high powered ' to these stations, but rather ' high powered '.

(3)   The stations in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, mentioned in (1) and (2) are included in the Plan forming part of a Broadcasting Agreement adopted at a Regional Administrative Broadcasting Conference held, under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union, in

Geneva in October-November 1975, and at which Australia was represented.

Investment Allowance: Effect in Employment (Question No. 1414)

Mr Hurford asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has his Department made any attempt to study the effect ofthe investment allowance on employment creation.

(2)   If not, does the Department plan to conduct or commission research on this issue.

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

(   1 ) and (2) No. Because of the multitude of factors which currently influence demand for labour, it would be extremely difficult to isolate with any certainty the effect of the implementation of the 40 per cent investment allowance on recent employment trends. Such a task would involve a considerable diversion of already heavily committed resources without any guarantee of reaching definite conclusions.

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