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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1723


Mr FULTON (LEICHHARDT, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Postmaster-General. On 9th July last and again on 24th September the Cairns District Tourist Development Association wrote to him asking for a representative temperature of the north Queensland area to be included in the Australian Broadcasting Commission's radio weather bulletins. Has this request been acceded to and, if so, when will this service commence?


Sir ALAN HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - A number of honourable members have taken up with me the question of weather reports over the Australian Broadcasting Commission's channels. The Commission has pointed out that only a limited amount of up to the hour information becomes available to it from the Weather Bureau - it depends on that organisation for the information - and it is not possible in general terms to cover larger areas than are being covered at the present time'. As to the particular instance which the honourable member has mentioned, I will have to make inquiries. But what I have said generally covers the situation. Many people throughout the com munity are interested in their own local area and require weather reports. It is not possible for the ABC to provide them.







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