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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 1248

Mr O'NEIL —I ask the Minister for Communications to confirm that an Australian Broadcasting Corporation television service is currently planned for 1985-86 to serve the Le Hunte district of the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia? Is it a fact that townships in South Australia such as Moonta, which already receive a television service, will receive an upgraded service under the remote and underserved communities scheme prior to the Le Hunte district receiving the service? Can the Minister explain the thinking behind such a policy?

Mr DUFFY —Planning has been completed for the establishment of a national television translator on the Eyre Peninsula which will include the Le Hunte district. The new services are currently being scheduled for construction in 1985-86 and their completion is expected in 1986-87. In relation to the second part of the question from the honourable member for Grey, to say that some projects under the remote and underserved communities scheme, such as improving the national television service to the township of Moonta which he mentioned, have already been approved is not correct. I have recently approved criteria for the selection of communities under RUCS to ensure that emphasis is given to the extension of services to areas without any existing service rather than to those which have some sort of service at this stage. I have asked the National Broadcasting Service Planning Committee to report to me before the end of the year on the selection of the first 22 communities.