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Tuesday, 19 February 1980
Page: 17

Mr YATES (HOLT, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Post and Telecommunications: In view of the fact that the Soviet Union intends to install some 400 transmitters of 500-kilowatt power in satellite countries, including probably Afghanistan- in Kabul- and possibly also Vietnam, will he tell us what progress has been made with the restoration of the Australian Broadcasting Commission's buildings and transmitters on Cox Peninsula in the Northern Territory?

Mr STALEY (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) (Minister for Post and Telecommunications) - Some time ago the Government decided not only to repair facilities at Shepparton but ako to undertake major repairs to the facilities of Radio Australia on Cox Peninsula in the Northern Territory. Some $9.6m has been budgeted for this work with a view to full transmission being achieved by late 1982. That is, I am advised, the earliest possible date by which the work can be completed. I understand that some of these matters are before the Public Works Committee. I have not yet been advised of the stage reached in the Committee's consideration but the Government has set aside these sums because it regards the Radio Australia broadcasts as a matter of great urgency and importance.

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