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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 1010

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Minister seen a report that a portable electronic attachment, known as electronic video recording, which enables films to be screened on an ordinary black and white or colour television set was demonstrated in Canberra early in December 1971.

(2)   Would the development of this system in Australia first have to have the approval of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, having regard to the present provisions of the Broadcasting and Television Act, or is it possible for any citizen, company or organisation, to instal such equipment within the terms of the present Act.

Senator COTTON - As Acting Postmaster-General I provide the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   I understand that such equipment is being developed.

(2)   The present provisions of the Broadcasting and Television Act 1942-1971 would not preclude the use of such equipment by any citizen, company or organisation.

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