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Thursday, 17 March 1932

Mr R GREEN (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   With reference to the official opening of the Crystal Brook Broadcasting Station, will he inform the House who were the contractors for the supply of the equipment for this station?

2.   What was the contract price?

3.   What was the cost of other equipment used in connexion with this station?

4.   When did the contractors for the supply of the equipment deliver the first materials for this station ?

5.   When did work actually commence on the building to house the equipment and studio?

6.   When did the work in connexion with the installation of the station commence?

7.   Was the time occupied in establishing the station excessive?

8.   Was there delay in obtaining power for the operation of the station?

9.   Was such delay (if any) in any way connected with a local franchise?

10.   If so, will the Postmaster-General explain what was the trouble, if any?

11.   How was the difficulty overcome?

12.   Is it a fact, as stated in Smith's Weekly of 21st November last, that after the station was erected it found that municipal regulations prevented the supply of power to the site ?

13.   Was it ultimately decided to obtain electric current from Adelaide or from some other distant source; if so, what additional cost did this involve?

14.   Is it a fact that the Postal Department found that no suitable telephone circuit was available?

15.   Was the installation of this station supervised by a representative of the company from whom the apparatus was obtained?

16.   How many man-hours were worked in the erection of the building?

17.   How many man-hours were worked in installing and testing the apparatus?

18.   Will the Postmaster-General make a comprehensive statement explaining to the House the full reasons for the delays and great expense incurred in the establishment of this station ?

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