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Thursday, 28 April 1932

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) (PostmasterGeneral) . - I should like to read a paragraph from the report of the Broadcasting Committee in Great Britain which, I understand, made its investigations, not only in Great Britain, but in other parts of the world as well. The committee was presided over by the right honorable the Earl of Crawford, and was known as the Crawford Committee. In regard to the personnel of a broadcasting commission, the committee said -

Personnel of the commission. - However, the new commission bc constituted, the problem of organizing the board or governing body and its committees seems to us identical, lt has been suggested in evidence that the board should be composed of persons representing various interests, such as music, science, drama, education, finance, manufacturing and so forth. We cannot accept this view, since compromise and even conflict might ensure owing to division of allegiance. On the contrary, we hold that the actual commissioners should be persons of judgment and independence, free of commitments, and that they will inspire confidence by- having no other interests to promote than those of the public service. We hope they will be nien and women of business acumen and experienced in affairs.

I could advance no better argument than that.

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Yet Great Britain appointed a chairman at the salary of £3,000 per annum.

Mr FENTON - That may be so, but, I saw that paragraph, and thought I had better read it to the committee. I trust that the clause will be passed to-night.

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