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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2283

Senator Chaney (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(   1 ) What action, if any, was taken following upon the visit made to Italy by the then Minister for Immigration, Mr Grassby, on the issue of entry permits to persons in that country who had been previously refused entry into Australia; if action was taken, how many entry permits have been issued to such persons.

(2)   What were the grounds on which entry had been previously refused to these people.

Senator Bishop - The Minister for Labor and Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) Visitor visas for limited periods were granted to three persons. Departmental records show that each has since returned to Italy.

(2)   Character.

Television: North-west Tasmania (Question No. 147)

Senator Wright (TASMANIA) asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

Was an announcement made that a television transmission station would be erected in north-west Tasmania; if so, when will the station be constructed and be in operation.

Senator Bishop - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

I have made no public announcement regarding plans to establish television transmitters in north-west Tasmania.

Though the planning of such facilities is the responsibility of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, and it is customary for my colleague, Senator the Hon. Douglas McClelland, to make announcements in this area, the actual establishment of such facilities is the responsibility of the Australian Post Office.

In answering the honourable senator's question I can, therefore, say that a comprehensive network of translators is being provided to improve long-standing poor reception of the National television service in the Burnie, Wynyard, Smithton and Stanley areas.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $500,000 and is expected to be completed by December, 1975. On present planning the improved services should be available about the end of 1975. Some buildings of the first stage will be completed by November, 1974.

The four translators will be built at Round Hill, Table Hill, Lileah and Tier Hill.

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