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Wednesday, 8 May 1968

Mr HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - I have made comments in the House previously in relation to coloured television and I have informed the House that much technical investigation is necessary before the Broadcasting Control Board would be able to offer advice or make recommendations to the Government. It must be understood that coloured television is virtually in its infancy, even in those countries where it has been introduced and which conducted experimental work over a long period. Only this morning I noticed a report that only 24,000 coloured television sets have been sold in England as against IS million black and white sets. This is a clear indication that coloured television has not yet advanced to the point where it is essential for introduction here. An officer of the Control Board will be going overseas this year to undertake technical studies in relation to coloured television. When I last commented on this matter I indicated that at least 18 months notice would be given before its introduction to enable industry to be prepared.

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