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Thursday, 26 February 1959

Mr DAVIDSON - The honorable member's question refers to the whole matter of the further extension of television, that is to say, to the third phase of the extension of television services which concerns provincial and country areas. I believe I have already informed the honorable member - I have certainly informed this House on several occasions - that attention would be given to this third phase immediately the second phase was in development. That is the position now. No other answer than that can be given to the honorable gentleman's question in general terms. The Australian Broadcasting Control Board, the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and the Postmaster-General's Department have been in consultation, at my instruction, for some time and they are preparing for me a report on the possibility of further extension of television services. I believe that I shall receive that report very shortly, and I shall then discuss it with the Government so that further policy regarding the extension of television may be determined within a reasonable time and then announced.

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