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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2033

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) -I ask the Minister for the Media whether Papua New Guinea will be served from the existing Radio Australia station at Darwin and not from a new Radio Australia installation on Cape York Peninsula as was proposed earlier this year. Does this decision affect the proposal to provide the Torres Strait Islands with a national broadcasting service?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is a fact that Radio Australia broadcasts to Papua New Guinea from the short wave transmitter at Darwin. Earlier this year there was a proposal to establish a transmitter on Cape York Peninsula, but, as the honourable senator has said, that proposal has not been proceeded with. Had the proposal to establish the station on the Peninsula been proceeded with, naturally it would have been desirable to incorporate the new transmitter for the Torres Strait area within the Radio Australia complex. However, I can tell the honourable senator that the Australian Broadcasting Control Board is proceeding with a plan to establish a medium frequency station on Thursday Island. That transmitter will enable the population of over 2,000 people to receive the Queensland regional Radio 3 program. My colleague the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has displayed a very keen interest in the matter. I am having discussions with him about it at this time.

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