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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 686

Senator BONNER (QUEENSLAND) - My question, addressed to the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, follows complaints to me from the Flinders Shire Council in north western Queensland about poor television reception. Before the Government undertakes t© spend massive funds on the introduction of colour television in Australia, will it take action to improve television reception in north and north western parts of Queensland so that people in those areas will have the advantage of black and white television before anything is done about providing colour television for people in the more populated areas?

Senator GREENWOOD - I shall convey the honourable senator's question to the Postmaster-General because 1 am sure that he will be concerned to do what he can to improve television reception in those areas where television facilities are available and where there has been complaint about the quality of what is being provided. As to whether this can be made dependent upon the introduction of colour television, I am unable to say because the Government has indicated the time slot within which colour television may be introduced into this country. The question of improving the standard of television services and reception is a matter of constant concern to the Postmaster-General. 1 will convey to him the request that he look at the situation in the Flinders Shire Council area in Queensland.

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