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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 2444

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister for the Media. In September this year I asked him about the seventh stage of the development of national television stations at Roma, Miles and Emerald. At that time the Minister indicated that there was a delay due to the difficulty in obtaining television transmitters. Can the Minister inform the Senate whether he is yet in a position to indicate a scheduled completion date?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I can advise the honourable senator, firstly, that the Postmaster-General's Department is responsible for the installation of the necessary equipment to establish these stations. The station at Miles commenced operating on 30 November; the one at Roma is due to commence operating on 14 December; and the one at Emerald is due to commence operating, I think, a week later on 2 1 December. I wrote to the Federal members of Parliament representing the electorates in which those towns are located earlier this week in relation to these stations. I understand that provided there are no technical difficulties the Australian Broadcasting Commission will be transmitting programs on those dates to the towns involved and that the programs will be relayed from the national television service in Brisbane.

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