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Tuesday, 3 May 1932


The CHAIRMAN (Mr Bell - An honorable member may discuss either the amendment or the clause, therefore the honorable member for- Dalley is quite in order.


Mr ROSEVEAR - I am discussing the clause generally, because I object to the limitation that it places on the commission to engage in any subsidiary business. It is my belief that if the commission wore allowed to trade in wireless sets and accessories-,, it could do much to popularize wireless broadcasting; and induce additional listeners to take out licences. Many honorable members appear to be prejudiced against any form of governmental control, and desire to allow private enterprise full sway. It may interest them to know that although similar views are held by the present party in control of the Sydney City Council, that body has not* abolished the branch which allows their Electricity Department to compete with private trading concerns. The success of that department might well be repeated here. For that reason I urge that no restriction be placed on the activities of the commission to exploit every possible avenue to popularize broadcasting.

Amendment agreed to.







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