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Thursday, 29 October 1931

Mr ELDRIDGE (MARTIN, NEW SOUTH WALES) - With further reference to the reply of the PostmasterGeneral on 22nd October, that the Postal Department did not obtain the services of a scientist to make a recommendation as to the best way of serving the State of Tasmania with wireless broadcasting, will the Postmaster-General explain the following statement in the Hobart Mercury of 10th September last: -

The contention (for the removal of the Hobart station 7 XL to the Midlands) has been endorsed by Professor Laby, who, after conducting tests in various parts of the State, reported that what appeared to him to be the most satisfactory locality would be in the vicinity of Constitution Hill, near Kempton. No doubt this report, together with many others on the subject, will be found pigeon-holed in some departmental office, while the listening community of Tasmania still struggles on, hoping that some day those responsible will be aroused from their lethargic state and at least create the impression that they are really in earnest. . . .

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The statement referred to appears in a letter to the editor of the Hobart Mercury, signed "N. A. Skinner," and published on the 10th September, 1931. As already stated, thedepartment did not arrange for any investigation or report by Professor Laby.

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