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Friday, 18 June 1937

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - It is not possible to give any undertaking at the present juncture concerning the erection of a regional broadcasting station to serve the area referred to. The national broadcasting system is being developed in accordance with a comprehensive scheme which contemplates a reliable radio service for all populous areas in the Commonwealth, but a plan of such magnitude can only be realized in stages. The current stage includes' the construction of stations in areas where improvement is badly needed, but later the region under notice will receive attention. Moreover, the department has established the short-wave broadcasting station SLR to provide the programmes of the national service to areas such as this, and reports received from these localities show that a useful service is 'being given. The department intends further to improve its short-wave facilities in the near future.

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