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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr MORGAN (Reid) .-When speaking on the second reading, I indicated that in committee I would move an amendment to sub-clause 2 for the purpose of giving to the Australian

Broadcasting Commission greater discretion to appoint persons to the staff. 1 now move -

That the following words be inserted in subclause (2.) before the letter " A " : - " Except as may be prescribed ".

After the war, Australia should be anxious to attract talented persons from other parts of the world, particularly allied countries, but the sub-clause in its present form will not empower the Australian Broadcasting Commission to offer them permanent employment. In the past, Australia has regrettably adopted a narrow outlook towards immigration. The "United States of America owes its greatness to the fact that it successfully attracted the best brains from other countries until eventually '.t was obliged to adopt a quota system for the purpose of restricting immigration. The adoption of my amendment would enable regulations to be issued from time to time in order to empower the commission to employ on its permanent staff talented persons who cannot comply with the existing provisions of the sub-clause.

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