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Thursday, 16 May 1968

Mr WHITLAM - I address a question to the Postmaster-General. It is now 2 years since he tabled the report of the Weeden Advisory Committee on. Educational Television Services which was appointed in January 1964. My question is based on paragraph 63 of the report which in part states:

Insofar as an immediate policy for educational television is concerned,- if the remaining channel in each of the larger capital cities is not reserved the opportunity to develop educational television in the VHF band will be permanently lost

I ask: What steps have been taken in the 2 years since the tabling of the report to ensure that if educational services are intro- ' ducedthey can be picked up by our present television sets? What progress has been made in introducing educational services in the form recommended by the Weeden Committee or in any other form during these 2 years when such services have been greatly expanded in comparable countries?

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