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Tuesday, 9 May 1961

Mr DAVIDSON - The position at present existing in Perth is equivalent to that which exists in Adelaide. Therefore, my reply to the honorable member for Kingston is applicable also to the question of the honorable member for Stirling. The question of sets to receive the whole of the thirteen channels now available has been discussed by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board with representatives of the manufacturers. I have no doubt that, from now on, manufacturers will provide at no very great added cost sets which are capable of receiving all thirteen stations. In the meantime, for the benefit of those who are in an area in which there is a new channel, the manufacturers inform us that it is possible to modify ten-channel sets to receive thirteen channels, at a cost of from £3 to £5 for some sets and from £5 to £10 for others. So, no very great expense is involved. In areas such as Western Australia, the final plans for the further extension of television have not yet been determined. But I have no doubt that there is no necessity to go to the added expense of purchasing a thirteen-channel set or, alternatively, of making some adjustment to an existing set, unless the person decides that he will look into the future and take one of the new sets with thirteen channels, which are already available.

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