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Thursday, 19 May 1960

Mr DAVIDSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - On previous occasions, and again quite recently in this House, I indicated my intention first to present to Cabinet for its information and any necessary decision a summary of the recommendations flowing from the Geneva con ference regarding the frequencies available for amateur operators and, secondly, to submit to the Government a proposal that there should now be a complete investigation into the use of the frequencies which are available in the spectrum throughout Australia. I have now completed and submitted tho:e recommendations to Cabinet, and Cabinet has agreed that my proposal should be adopted and implemented. 1 may mention that this has happened only v.'.min me last day or so, and iliac this is the first opportunity 1 have had to make the fact known.

My recommendation was thai the proposals regarding amateurs, together with all the 0[ner problems that will arise as a result of the deliberations at the Geneva conference, should be investigated by an ad hoc committee which will be set up. 1'he committee will then submit its report to the Government, and the Government will decide what should be done. No action will be taken prior to the investigation and the submission of the report, lt is intended to give this committee wide representation. lt will be under the chairmanship of an independent person - not a departmental officer - and in addition to the departmental representatives who were previously on the frequency allocation sub-committee, there will be representatives of all those instrumentalities outside the department which also use the frequencies.

I intend to issue a press statement later which will embody briefly these decisions. I advise those honorable gentlemen, who have asked whether they can see the reports from the Geneva conference, that I have placed in the Library this morning what I may call an advance copy of the final acts of the conference. This document is not complete and is subject to correction, but it is a large document, and I have placed it in the Library for safe keeping and to be available to any one who desires to look at it.

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