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Thursday, 26 November 1931

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) . - I join with the honorable member for Werriwa (Mr. Lazzarini) in his recognition of your impartiality, Mr. Speaker, throughout the whole of the proceedings of this Parliament, and I deeply appreciate the courtesy that you have extended to me. I also wish to endorse the references which have been made to the efficient service of the parliamentary officers. '-.

As we shall not have another opportunity in this chamber of referring to it, I should like to have some information now from the Prime Minister (Mr. Scullin)' or the: Postmaster-General (Mr. A. Green) as to the Government's decision or attitude in regard to broadcasting. There is no doubt that the coining electoral campaign will be a short one, and that the facilities offered by means of the A class stations will be a big factor in the decision of the people. It is customary, I believe, for the A class stations, under the direction of the Postmaster-General, to offer these facilities to the respective parties contesting the election. I believe that opportunities are provided in each State for the broadcasting of messages by the different parties. As this election will be fought upon important issues, I should like .to have from the Postmaster-General or the Prime Minister an intimation as to the decision of the Government in this matter. AVe are anxious that our opinions shall be known throughout the country. We are not asking for any privilege which is not extended to any other party. I am desirous of knowing before we leave Canberra exactly where we stand in regard to broadcasting, and whether we are to have the same concession as will be extended to other parties in this House.

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