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Thursday, 17 March 1932

Sir HENRY GULLETT (HENTY, VICTORIA) - The Government believes that the clause, as amended, will give to the commission all the power it requires in connexion with sponsored programmes, while definitely preventing it from engaging in general advertising.

Mr Gibson - That was the original intention.

Mr GULLETT - This is not a concession, as the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Makin) suggested, to any vested interest.

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The Government has come to heel at the call of the daily press.

Mr GULLETT - Perhaps in committee the honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. A. Green) will explain how the clause actually curtails the rights of the commission beyond denying to it the right of general advertising. It has never been the intention of the Government, or the desire of listeners that a national broadcasting scheme should be used indiscriminately and as a general advertising medium.

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - This is a craven crawldown.

Mr Makin - Is the Government investigating the exorbitant charges of the Performing Right Association for the broadcasting of copyright numbers?

Mr GULLETT - The Government is much concerned about the complaints of excessive charges, and they will be fully investigated. When the commission is appointed, its function obviously will be to investigate matters of that kind, and to report to the Government. This is merely the pioneering bill in connexion with national broadcasting, and probably at an early date amending measures will be introduced. We are now merely laying down the foundation for the control of national broadcasting under a capable commission.

Sitting suspended from 12.48 to 2.15 p.m.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Paterson) adjourned.

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