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Wednesday, 14 March 1928

Senator McLACHLAN - On the 3rd November last, Senator Andrew asked a number of questions in regard to wireless broadcasting in country districts and the need for relay stations. TheMinister representing the Postmaster-General replied as follows: -

The whole position with regard to wireless is now under consideration by the Government, and it is hoped that an announcement will shortly be made.

On the 17th November the Government introduced the Wireless Agreement Bill and the Prime Minister made . an announcement in regard to wireless matters generally. The questions asked by Senator Andrew are bound up with wider questions, some of which have since been settled while others still remain to be determined. The present position is as follows: The establishment of broadcasting in the country centres is still under consideration. At the suggestion of the Government, the various Class . "A" Broadcasting Companies are negotiating for an amalgamation of their activities with the object of securing more economical management of the services, improvement of the existing services and their extension to localities where a satisfactory service is not now given. The installation of relay stations is thus dependent more or less on the completion of these negotiations, and the companies have been requested to expedite them. It is hoped that within the next few weeks the Government will be in a position to make some announcement on the matter.

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