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Thursday, 26 February 1959

Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I preface my question to the Postmaster-General by reminding him of the refusal by his department of an application made by the Lithgow City Council and a business undertaking for permission to install a special antenna and coaxial cable to feed television programmes into the city of Lithgow. I now ask the Minister whether he will be good enough to review decisions of his department so as to enable the television programmes for which the whole of the people of Australia pay to be fed into Lithgow valley and to like places throughout Australia. If the Minister is not prepared to permit the people of Lithgow to receive this service, which would be without additional cost to his department, can he indicate when booster stations will be erected to extend transmissions to people in country areas and when new licences will be issued to provide those services? Finally, I ask the Postmaster-General to give to Lithgow the same rights, facilities and benefits of television as have been afforded to the people of Balmoral by similar means.

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