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Thursday, 4 April 1968

Mr KATTER (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the PostmasterGeneral whether or not anything can be done to improve the quality of reception of the national broadcasting service in the north west areas of Queensland. . The service, both from Mount Isa and Longreach, is not good and in many areas is not available at all. There is no alternative Australian Broadcasting Commission programme available - and this applies to most of the remote inland areas of Queensland - and the service frequently provides programmes entirely unsuitable for western areas. Could the Minister give an assurance that the national television station to be established at Mount Isa will serve Cloncurry and other north western areas? Will he advise me as to what prospect's now exist for the early introduction of television in other fringe and remote areas?

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