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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is it a fact that while Ministers and members of Parliament are permitted to broadcast from B class stations under their own names, excerpts from such broadcasts are put over the national stations without acknowledgment ? Have instructions been issued to the Australian Broadcasting Commission to this effect ? If so, does the Prime Minister consider that such repressive measures are in the best interests, of democracy in time of war, particularly as listeners have no way of identifying those responsible for the broadcasting of political statements ? Does he not think that such a practice will encourage irresponsibility on the part of Ministers and members of Parliament in the making of political statements?







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