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Tuesday, 3 May 1932


Mr MCBRIDE (Grey) .- My support is for the amendment that was moved by the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory). Honorable members of this party were returned to preserve the interests of private enterprise. The amendment of the honorable member for Fawkner (Mr. Maxwell) leaves the gate wide open for the commission to enter upon any business that it deems necessary. It might consider it necessary to sell radio, equipment on timepayment, on the plea that that is conducive to the development of broadcasting. It is essential that Ave should make these provisions specific; also that Ave should prevent ministerial interference Avith the operations of the commission. The honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Rosevear) declared that listeners would benefit if the Broacasting Commission were allowed to engage in the making and sale of radio accessories. I point out that the Government is a part-owner in Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited. If that concern is exploiting the public, surely it is the duty of the Government to see that prices are reduced to a reasonable scale. In that way, it can protect the interests of listeners.

It has been claimed that only services which will not yield a profit are delegated to the Government to control, and railways have been mentioned. Railways have been successfully conducted by private enterprise in other countries, and even in Australia. I instance the Midland Railway of Western Australia. The fact that that organization is running at a profit demonstrates that it is the go vernment administration, and not our railways, that is at fault.







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