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Thursday, 3 October 1974
Page: 1647

Senator POYSER -Has the Minister for the Media noted that the system for conversion of black and white television sets to colour television sets as developed by 2 students at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has now been taken up as a commercial proposition by a Melbourne based firm? What will be the implications of this development for Australian television viewers?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I recall the honourable senator asking me a question on this matter about November or December last year. As a result of his drawing the matter to my attention I arranged for officers of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board to get in touch with the 2 students concerned from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. I must say that I was personally delighted to hear the news that the students at RMIT have at last been able to succeed in gaining interest in the market place in their conversion kit. The honourable senator may recall that at the time the students first developed the kit I offered whatever assistance my Department and the Board could provide. I am given to understand that the Broadcasting Control Board provided the students with considerable assistance.

I trust that the purchase of rights to the conversion system will assist in the Government's general policy of trying to ensure that colour television is made available to Australians at the lowest possible price. When I saw the article in this morning's Melbourne 'Sun News-Pictorial' I spoke with the chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, Mr Wright, about it. The chairman of the Board informs me that he understands that the kit will be available only for certain makes and models of sets. In fact, it is a condition of the agreement of the licensing of the company which has taken up this offer that the conversion kit will be installed only by qualified technicians who are trained in the actual conversion by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

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