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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2898

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) -I direct to the Minister for the Media a question in the following terms: Has he received any complaints from residents in the Young district of New South Wales that the existing television reception of the national and commercial services in that district is inadequate, that the Wagga stations provide a marginal rural service and that the Orange station provides a poor service to Young? Consequently, will the Minister have inquiries made into television reception for people in the Young district?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I can tell the honourable senator that although I have received only one or two individual complaints about the inadequacy of television reception within the Young district of New South Wales, nonetheless engineers of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, during the course of the tests that they carry out from time to time of the strength of signals, have reported to me that the existing reception in Young is not all that it should be. They have reported to me that the Wagga station, which feeds into Young, produces programs of a marginal rural interest to the people of the Young district and that Young receives a comparatively poor service from Orange. These matters have been reported to the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, and I am given to understand that a report for the Board is on its way to me, recommending that I approve of a translator to go into the area to serve the people of the Young district, who number, I think, about 7,000.

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