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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2240

(Question No. 1698)


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 5 September 1984:

(1) For how long has his Department been in receipt of an application for a television translator for Toodjay, W.A.

(2) When will this application be finalised.

(3) How many applications were outstanding at 5 September 1984 and from whom and when were they lodged.


Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) My Department received expressions of interest for a commercial television translator to serve Toodjay from three sponsors:

Golden West Network Ltd on 18 May 1982;

Swan Television and Radio Broadcasters on 16 August 1982.

TVW Enterprises Ltd on 6 September 1982.

My Department invited each sponsor to submit a planning proposal, however only Swan Television did so (in November 1983). This was returned to the sponsor for additional information on 3 April 1984. A revised proposal was received by my Department on 24 September 1984 and is presently being assessed.

(2) If the revised proposal is assessed as being complete, it will be circulated for industry comment, prior to its presentation as a final planning proposal. If appropriate, I may then invite applications for a licence or licences. This process is expected to take 3 to 4 months following receipt of the complete proposal.

It should be noted that only one proposal, and subsequent invitation of applications for a licence or licences, is required ahead of a licence inquiry by the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal. All interested parties can apply for a licence, or put submissions to the Tribunal concerning the grant of licences, without being involved with the original proposal.

(3) No 'applications' have been invited at this stage. However, as explained previously, one incomplete proposal from Swan Television was on hand as of 5.9. 84, two other proposals were 'outstanding'.