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Thursday, 24 February 1977

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) When will a syllabus for the amateur operators ' novice certificate be available.

(2)   Will he agree to examinations which have been set by Central Office being conducted and, in the case of the nonambiguous multiple choice type, marked by competent persons or officers of authorised educational establishments outside the Department.

(3)   Will he attempt to further streamline the examination procedures, and consider making the present essay type regulations ' section into a multiple choice type examination.

Mr ERIC ROBINSON (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   It is intended to publish a detailed syllabus for the Novice Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency examination as soon as the staffing situation within my Department makes this practicable. However, in the meantime a sample paper for the theory section of this examination has been prepared and copies are available from my Department upon request.

(2)   No.

(3)   The procedures for all examinations conducted by my Department are subject to a continuous review and are varied as considered desirable to meet particular requirements. As from the November 1976 examination, the regulations section of the novice Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency examination has been set as a multiple question type examination.

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