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Thursday, 3 November 1927

Senator ANDREW (VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is the Government aware whether extremely unsatisfactory conditions exist . in country districts for the reception of wireless broadcasting, owing to the lack of relay stations ?

2.   Is it a fact that for several months of the year owners in country districts obtain practically no benefits from their receiving sets, and in many cases are obliged to discontinue the use of them, owing to the unfavorable conditions for reception over long distances, which conditions do not exist within a reasonable distance of transmitting stations?

3.   Are any steps being taken to provide relay stations for country districts where owners of receiving sets are obliged to pay the same licence-fees as those paid in Melbourne?

4.   If any action is contemplated, how long will it be before some relief from the present conditions is afforded?

5.   Is it a fact that applications for licences for relay stations for country districts have been made by Station 3LO, Melbourne, and that such applications have been refused by the Postal department?

6.   If such applications have been refused, what was the reason for the refusal?

7.   If the Government proposes to take no action to give people residing in country centres a satisfactory wireless service, in order to enable those engaged in agricultural pursuits to keep in touch with market operations and to obtain vitally important weather reports and forecasts, will the applications that have been made for licences for relay stations be immediately considered and the necessary permission granted to enable the work to be proceeded with by the company or companies concerned with a view to avoiding unnecessary hardship?

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