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Thursday, 25 May 1939

Mr BEASLEY (WEST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is it the intention of the Postmaster-General, or the Government, to interfere with, or veto, in any way, the powers conferred by this Parliament upon the Broadcasting Commission to conduct its own affairs? Can the Postmaster-General give any assurance to this House that no combine in any newspaper field will be allowed to override the decisions of this Parliament in regard to this matter?

Mr HARRISON - 1 have already stated that I hope to be in a position to make a statement on this matter next Tuesday. With regard to the second part of the honorable member's question I say, definitely, "No"; the interests of the listeners of Australia will be the Government's first consideration.

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