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Wednesday, 24 August 1960

Mr DAVIDSON - Do I understand that the honorable member refers to a subject that he has discussed with me previously, namely, the establishment of a station to provide an alternative Australian Broadcasting Commission programme?

Mr Fulton - That is right.

Mr DAVIDSON - I have explained the position to the honorable member previously, and it has not altered since. At present, to use the honorable member's own term, the provision of such a service is not economically possible. We have set about improving services in the northern areas of Queensland by building up the power of stations at places like Townsville, and I think that as a result reception is ever so much better, particularly out in the west. I can offer no immediate prospect of providing the station for which the honorable member has asked. However, I assure him that we keep the matter constantly under review and that we shall deal with it as soon as we can.

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