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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2712

Senator McINTOSH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -I ask the Minister for the Media whether there have been any moves towards the establishment of a national television service for the mining township of Pannawonica in the Pilbara region of Western Australia? If there have been any developments, will the Minister inform the Senate when the service can be provided?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -A mining company in Western Australia known as Cliffs Western Australian Mining Co. Pty Ltd contacted the Australian Broadcasting Control Board and asked it to make arrangments to get a national television translator into the area because there had been industrial unrest as a result of the isolation of the area and its resultant problems. The Australian Broadcasting Control Board has considered the matter and has sent investigators into the area. As a result it made a recommendation to me for the establishment of a national television translator service in the area to serve the people in that area. I have approved an Australian Government contribution of approximately $22,000 towards the establishment of the translator. I am given to understand that some technical difficulties are involved, and from engineering advice that is available to me I believe that it will be about 1 8 months before the station goes to air. Last week in the Senate I pointed out that no government has done more than this Government has in extending and improving broadcasting and television services to isolated communities and that to date, in the 2 years that this Government has been in office, we have provided 22 television translator services to people in outback areas.

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