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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 110

Question No. 257

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 26 May 1983:

(1) Is it the Government's intention to proceed with a scheme for supplementary licences for television and radio; if so, what is the timetable for the introduction of the scheme.

(2) Has he made a detailed statement on the implementation of the scheme for supplementary licences for television and radio; if not, when will he make a statement on this matter.

(3) Has a special task force of officers been established within his Department to work on the supplementary licence scheme, if so, (a) how many officers have been appointed as part of that task force and who are actually on duty in the Department and (b) on what actual work are these officers presently engaged.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) I propose to make a comprehensive statement in Parliament on the implementation of the Supplementary Licence Scheme in due course.

(3) A special task force has been established within the Corporate Policy and Projects Division of my Department, specifically to deal with the development and implementation of the Supplementary Licence Scheme and a number of projects related to broadcasting planning.

(a) The Broadcasting Planning Task Force is multi-disciplinary in nature and presently has a staff ceiling of twenty-two positions. Currently twenty-one positions are occupied and these staff are on duty in the Department.

(b) Task force staff are presently engaged on the following projects:

preparation of planning guidelines for the implementation of the supplementary licence scheme;

the specification and determination of service areas for all existing services; the development of a national UHF-TV assignment plan;

public education about the reception of UHF-TV services;

the automation of broadcasting engineering planning; and

the introduction of planning based on interference limited services.