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Wednesday, 13 November 1974
Page: 2305

Senator DONALD CAMERON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Labour and Immigration) - I remind the Minister for the Media of his announcement that the Government would establish experimental radio stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, including stations which will work in the public broadcasting area. Will the Minister inform the Senate what measures of assistance the Government is providing to the University of Adelaide which has been authorised to establish an experimental amplitude modulation radio station in that city?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -Last Friday week when I was in Melbourne I had discussions with the Chairman and members of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board about this aspect of Government policy. I wanted to ascertain what new technical arrangements were being made by the Board as far as this station was concerned. I am now told that the technical details to enable the station to expand its activities are being worked out. They are being forwarded to me at the present time. Hopefully I will be able to make an announcement in that regard shortly. However, I have asked my Department to get in touch with the Adelaide station. Arrangements have been made between my Department and the University of Adelaide to conduct a seminar on the expanded activities to be engaged in by the station. My Department and the University are jointly funding the holding of the seminar. An officer of my Department will attend in Adelaide. The seminar is being held over 2 days. I understand that an officer of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board also will be in attendance.

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