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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 1009

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   When will the report of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board's inquiry of 1970 into frequency modulation broadcasting be made to the Postmaster-General, and be tabled in the Parliament,

(2)   What has caused the delay in bringing forward this report which is of great importance to the nation and to the broadcasting industry.

Senator COTTON - As Acting PostmasterGeneral I provide the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) The public hearings associated with the inquiry by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board into frequency, modulation broadcasting were conducted during March 1971. However, due to the great volume of material to be examined and the difficult policy considerations involved, including the complex technical aspects, it has not yet been possible for the Board to complete its report and recommendation to the Minister on this matter. The Chairman of the Board has indicated that the Board is making every effort to provide the Government with its report as early as practicable.

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