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Wednesday, 26 September 1973
Page: 1507

Mr FULTON (LEICHHARDT, QUEENSLAND) - My question, which is directed to the Postmaster-General is in connection with television facilities on Mount Bellenden Ker. The Postmaster-General is quite aware of the trials and tribulations which have been experienced in regard to these facilities. An investigating party from his Department has been there and, I believe, already made a recommendation. I ask the Postmaster-General: Was the Mossman area included in that investigation? If the investigators have recommended the installation of translators when will these translators be installed?

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is true that television reception in the area of Mount Bellenden Ker has been well below standard. The honourable member has drawn that matter to my attention over a period of time. As a result of his representations a special field survey has been undertaken and a report has been made to the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. I understand that the report clearly indicates that there are deficiencies in the service which can be upgraded by the provision of 2 translators. It is hoped that this work can be undertaken in the very near future.

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