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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1398

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Do television transmissions between Townsville and Mount Isa in Queensland encounter a number of shortcomings.

(2)   Are television receivers in Nonda, Queensland, and in the area adjacent to that town, unable to receive transmissions.

(3)   Will the Postmaster-General take action to ensure that the technical shortcomings referred to in (1) and (2) are eliminated, so that people living in these isolated areas of Queensland will be able to receive television programmes effectively.

Senator GREENWOOD-The PostmasterGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   No.

(2)   Yes. The television reception in Nonda or any other town that is not within the planned service area of a television station will be either substandard or non-existent dependent on the distance of the town from the boundary of the service area.

(3)   At present, with the techniques available, the cost per capita of providing a television service into sparsely populated areas such as Nonda would be prohibitive and therefore could not be justified. This does not, however, preclude the possibility that advances in technology may make the provision of a service in these areas economically viable at some later date.

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