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Wednesday, 14 October 1914

Senator GARDINER (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The answers are -

1.   A settlement was made by the previous Government of an action brought against the Commonwealth by the Marconi. Company alleging an infringement of their wireless patent, two of the terms of which were -

(a)   Transfer to the Commonwealth of Marconi patent rights; and

(b)   The payment by the Commonwealth of the sum of £5,000. 2.It is a fact that the rights of the Marconi Company so far as the master patent is concerned expire at the end of the current year. Other patents transferred have varying periods to run.

Senator KEATING asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

Will the Government take immediate steps either to acquire for the Commonwealth the wireless installation already existing at King Island, or, failing that, establish its own wireless station at King Island for the transmission andreceipt of radiotelegraphic messages by the public?

Senator GARDINER - The answer is -

The Government is prepared to stand by the liberal offer already made to the persons concerned for the establishment of wireless communication with King Island.

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