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Thursday, 12 May 1960

Mr DAVIDSON - In considering how the necessary extension to services and to channels between Sydney and Melbourne should be provided attention was given to the possibility of using either micro-wave or the co-axial cable, and the decision was made to use the main new artery, the coaxial cable, because it does offer just that opportunity for servicing centres en route to which the honorable member has referred. That is an important feature and the system is being developed with the object of servicing those centres. At various stages along the cable, provision is made to take off other cables to serve these centres. Just exactly what the departmental plan for this is I do not know as yet, but I can assure the honorable member that the idea he has expressed is being given attention, and I shall get some information as to how it is being carried out in his own electorate.

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