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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2230

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral. The Postmaster-General is reported to have stated that there was no doubt that some areas of poor reception would have even greater problems when colour television was introduced than they do now with black and white reception. Will the Minister publicise the areas he believes will be so affected so that prospective owners of colour television sets will be aware of the difficulties they may encounter?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am not aware of whether the Postmaster-General has made the statement which the honourable senator suggests he has made. 1 certainly recall reading in the Press of yesterday or today a suggestion that the eventuality which concerns him may arise. I do not recall the source of that information. I also recall reading in the same news item that mention was being made of this fact so that appropriate steps could be taken before the introduction of colour television to ensure that there will be adequate reception in due course. Apart from believing that the Postmaster-General, simply because he runs an efficient department, is alert to all these matters and that action will be taken to investigate them, I do not think that I can advance the matter any further. However, I will arrange for the Postmaster-General to be made aware of the honourable senator's question. If the PostmasterGeneral wants to add anything to what I have said, I am sure that he will do so.

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