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Friday, 29 April 1932

Mr HUTCHINSON (Indi) .- The majority of honorable members have declared against political control in connexion with broadcasting, and I am surprised, therefore, that the right honorable member for Cowper (Dr. Earle Page) should propose an amendment which will involve even a small measure of control by this Parliament. If the general manager were appointed by the Government, his actions would be subject to criticism, which might effect him in the exercise of his duties, and through him influence the commission. The example of the British Broadcasting Corporation has been mentioned by the mover of the amendment, but we are not obliged to follow any precedent; our endeavour should be to improve upon what has been done elsewhere. If the commission is not absolutely free from political control we shall create serious obstacles to the selection of the best man for that work. The Postmaster-General (Mr. Fenton) has declared that the commissioners should be men of ripe judgment, full knowledge, and independence. We shall get the services of the best . men available only if they are assured that they' will not be hampered by political interference.

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