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Wednesday, 30 November 1938

Mr McCall l asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Are positions with the Australian Broadcasting Commission's musical staff and other vacancies, excepting clerical, advertised in the press? If not, why not?

2.   What is the estimated cost of entertainment of visiting artists at cocktail parties at Menzies' Hotel, during the, next two years?

3.   Do the guests usually invited represent any particular society? If so, which?

4.   What is the seat value of "free list" tickets distributed for the Australian Broadcasting Commission's entertainments during the past three years?

5.   What is the principle of distribution for those tickets?

Mr Archie Cameron - The following information has been furnished by the Australian Broadcasting Commission: -

1.   The commission's policy is this: In the event of a vacancy for, say, a conductor or chorusmaster, the commission considers that, as a calling of this kind is carried on in the open, the relative qualifications of the likely candidates in Australia are known to the commission or its executive officers. It is therefore unnecessary, and only conducive to a great deal of inconvenience and annoyance, to advertise.

2.   No arrangements have been made for any such parties during the next two years.

3.   This is answered by the reply to question 2.

4.   It is not possible to give this information.

5.   Apart from distribution to commissioners, senior executive officers of the commission, senior executive officers of the PostmasterGeneral's Department and the press, tickets are sometimes issued to selected groups, at the last moment, when it is judged from bookings that patronage will be very poor. Such groups would be members of the commission's staff, and nurses from various hospitals.

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