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Tuesday, 19 November 1974
Page: 2469

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) -Will the Minister for the Media confirm that new allocations have been made for Channel 5A for television transmission? Is it true that these allocations by the

Australian Broadcasting Control Board will provide a wide range of services for thousands of Australians?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I know that recently representations were made to the Broadcasting Control Board by one of the amateur operators in Australia who was concerned about the allocation of Channel 5A. Channel 5A operates on the 137 to 144 megahertz frequency and the amateur service operates on the 144 to 148 megahertz frequency. The amateur operators were concerned that with the allocation of Channel 5 A there would be considerable interference to receivers tuned to that Channel as a result of the operations of the amateurs.

I know that some discussion took place recently between the Wireless Institute of Australia on the one hand, and the Broadcasting Control Board and the Australian Post Office on the other. I can tell the honourable senator that as a result of the Government's decision to accept in principle the recommendations of the independent inquiry into frequency modulation which was conducted earlier this year and which reported to the Government earlier this year, new allocations have been made for Channel 5A. Channel 5A has been allocated for high power television services at Newcastle to replace Channel 5, and also for a new commercial service to be established at Loxton in South Australia. I can also tell the honourable senator that it is planned to use Channel 5A for at least one high power service near Perth and for approximately 12 low power translator installations throughout the rest of Australia.

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