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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1897

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) - Will the Minister for the Media inform the Senate when the television transmitters based at towns west of Rockhampton will commence transmission, and what is the reason for the delay in the commencement of transmission?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I assume that the honourable senator is referring to a number of towns in the Maranoa and Kennedy electorates which are represented by his colleagues in another place, Mr Corbett and Mr Katter. A number of timetables are involved in the development of translators at the towns. For instance, one was to go in at Miles in September last and one at Roma some time this month. If they are the types of towns to which the honourable senator's question refers, I can tell him that there was initially a delay in the availability of material being supplied from abroad to the PostmasterGeneral's Department. The latest information available to me is that that delay has now been overcome, and it is likely that the timetable for the other stations which has been set out by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board will be met. I have already mentioned Miles and Roma. If the honourable senator will see me later, I shall give him details of the rest of the timetable.

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