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Thursday, 15 October 1970

Mr Jacobi asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that the Australian Broadcasting Control Board has set up a committee to inquire into the establishment of frequency modulation broadcasting in Australia.

(2)   If so, when is it expected that the report of this committee will be tabled in the House.

(3)   Will he take steps to ensure that consideration is given to (a) retaining the existing amplitude modulation frequencies for light and popular music and parliamentary broadcasts and (b) the establishment of frequency modulation for talks, sports and classical music.

Mr Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   to (3) As I announced in the Parliament on 7th May 1970, the Australian Broadcasting Control Board will hold a public inquiry into all aspects of frequency modulation broadcasting. Persons desirous of giving evidence at the inquiry are required to lodge statements of evidence with the Board by 30th October 1970. From the terms of reference of the inquiry, which I provided in a later statement in the House on 14th May (Hansard page 2130), the honourable member will appreciate that the type of matters to which he has referred will be encompassed by the Board's inquiry. I have already indicated that I will in due course make the report of the Board available to honourable members and the public.

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