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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 2627

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) -I direct a question to the Minister for the Media. Is it a fact that the Australian Government has allocated $300,000 to replace radio receivers which are used in the education of children in isolated areas? Is it a fact that sets which are used for the 'School of the Air' will have to be replaced? If the answer is in the affirmative, what period of time will elapse for the transition to be effected?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I will answer this question in my role as Minister representing the Acting Minister for Education. The Government has decided to replace radio receivers which are used in the education of isolated children, and the expenditure involved will be provided by the Australian Government. It is necessary to replace these receivers in order to meet the terms of an international telecommunications agreement which is aimed at improving transmissions and reception and reducing interference. Because Australia is a party to the international agreement it is bound by the agreement to change fixed service high frequency radio transmissions from the double sideband to the single sideband by the end of 1977, and the expenditure of $300,000 to replace these sets for the education of isolated children will take place in that transitional period.

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