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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 871

Mr KATTER (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - Will the Minister for Post and Telecommunications inform the House and the nation whether the latest programming of new television installations in inland Australia will be on schedule? What are the current plans for Australia's domestic satellite and for the use, in the meantime, of alternative satellite facilities? Finally, may I say that the great majority of people in the areas involved--

Mr SPEAKER - No, the honourable gentleman may not say.

Mr KATTER - Greatly regret the Minister's retirement--

Mr SPEAKER - No, the honourable gentleman may not say. The honourable gentleman will resume his seat.

Mr KATTER - From his portfolio and from politics.

Mr SPEAKER -I warn the honourable member for Kennedy.

Mr STALEY (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) (Minister for Post and Telecommunications) - I just heard those final remarks of the honourable member, and I thank him very much. I remember with a great deal of pleasure all my experiences in the outback with the honourable member for Kennedy. I am delighted to say that the remote area television program is basically very much on schedule and that earth stations are being installed throughout the Australian outback as a part of that program. In some places normal translator or transmitter facilities are being used and in other places earth stations are taking a signal from--

Mr Innes - Why don't you try telling the truth?

Mr SPEAKER -The Minister will resume his seat. The honourable member for Melbourne will withdraw.

Mr Innes - I withdraw.

Mr SPEAKER -I say to the honourable member for Melbourne that if he continues to interject I will deal with him without further warning. I call the Minister for Post and Telecommunications.

Mr STALEY - This program will bring Australian Broadcasting Commission television live broadcasts to many locations throughout the Australian outback. I am delighted to say, in particular to the honourable member for Kennedy, that transmitters will be used in this calendar year, 1980, to start broadcasting in Capella, Jericho and Corfield in his electorate, and at the end of September the broadcasting will start at Exmouth in Western Australia, in the electorate of the honourable member for Kalgoorlie, Andamooka in South Australia and Cooktown in north Queensland. Other locations will start to receive the broadcasts as soon as possible after that. I have provided all honourable members with details of programs which affect their electorates. On the matter of Australia's full scale domestic satellite program, naturally I hope that we will be making an announcement before very long.

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