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Wednesday, 16 October 1974
Page: 1738

Senator McINTOSH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -Can the PostmasterGeneral advise whether the Australian Post Office proposes to lower the qualifying standard for an amateur radio operators ' licence?

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) -There is the odd case of a person who is well equipped theoretically to pass the examination but who fails to do so. Following a recent representation a special examination was arranged for such a person who had tried several times. However, we do not intend to lower the standard. It is proposed to introduce Novice Amateur Radio Operators ' Certificates ' and 'Associated Amateur Radio Operators' Licences'. These novice certificates and licences will be available regardless of the age of the applicant. However, it is intended to restrict the power and the frequency of the station when so approved.

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