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Tuesday, 13 August 1974
Page: 787

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -On 25 July Senator Rae asked me a question without notice concerning the establishment of a national translator station for St Helens in Tasmania. I now advise the honourable senator that I have been able to obtain some information. On 20 March of this year I approved of the establishment of a national translator station to improve television reception for St Helens in Tasmania. I informed the Minister for Defence, the Honourable Lance Barnard, at that time. The translator, which will be installed at a cost of $20,000, will transmit the same program as the national station Channel 0 in Launceston. The target date for completion of the translator is April 1976. In conformity with Government policy that there should be a dual system of national and commercial television, I also requested the Australian Broadcasting Control Board to advise TNT 9 Northern Television Pty Ltd of Launceston that consideration would be given by the Government to the granting of a licence for a television translator station to provide a commercial service to St Helens if the licensee were interested in this extension of service.

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