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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3166

Senator McAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) -My question is addressed to the Minister for the Media. Will the Minister tell the Senate what progress has been made regarding the introduction of colour television in Mount Isa? Will he also tell the Senate the position in regard to the introduction of colour television transmission in other major country centres?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -The Australian Broadcasting Control Board has informed me that the commercial television station in Mount Isa intends to start colour test transmissions in the near future. It is part of an overall program by that station to endeavour to meet the official starting date for colour television, namely, 1 March next year.

Senator Drake-Brockman - What about Norseman? Have you got that in front of you too?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I am coming to that because Senator McAuliffe asked me generally about the progress being made so far as country areas are concerned. My colleague Senator Bishop and I had general discussions on this matter and determined that action should be taken to expedite the introduction of television to country areas to a much greater degree than was planned by the previous government. As a result of the technical officers from Senator Bishop's Department- the Post Office- and the technical officers from the Broadcasting Control Board getting together, it is now expected that we will be able to bring forward the date of the introduction of colour television to country areas by 2 years, this being 2 years earlier than was planned by the previous government. The situation in Western Australia depends on the microwave link arrangements, but it is expected that Norseman, the place about which Senator DrakeBrockman is concerned, will be able to receive a colour signal from Perth in 1975, although there may be some problems with the link.

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