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Thursday, 26 September 1974
Page: 1441

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -My question is directed to the Minister for the Media and arises from my reading this morning of his statement to the Senate yesterday which referred to the expansion of radio services and which was also connected with an earlier question asked by me. Can he give further information on his reference in the statement that the radio station of the University of Adelaide would be invited to extend its operations on the AM band? Is it the Minister's understanding that the radio station of the University of Adelaide is at present just off the normal AM band and that our sets have to be modified to receive it? Does his statement yesterday mean that VL5UV in Adelaide will be given a new frequency in a more favourable position near existing national and commercial stations? Finally, will the Minister say whether any financial assistance is to be given to this quite outstanding radio station to extend its present valuable community services and to develop the new forms of broadcasting to which the Minister referred?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -Let me answer the last portion of the question first. As I said in my ministerial statement yesterday, at this stage there is no commitment by the Government to the expenditure of funds. What the Government has in mind generally is that as the Adelaide station has had the experience of conducting, as it were, a public broadcasting station, it should be invited to conduct public broadcasting courses and to increase its activities and programming in the types of matters in which it already engages. The question of frequencies will be a matter for discussion between the station, the Australian Broadcasting Control Board and officers of the PostmasterGeneral's Department. Until those discussions take place I will not be in a position to answer the first portion of the honourable senator's question.

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