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Tuesday, 3 May 1932


Mr RIORDAN (Kennedy) . - I support the clause as it stands. I have a certain admiration for the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory), and honorable members who support his amendment, because their attitude is consistent with the policy of their party, which is against the nationalization of any business or industry. They stand for private enterprise, while the members of the party to which I belong stand for the nationalization of industry. The clause as it stands places a certain restriction upon nationalization. I can quite understand the opposition of some of the supporters of the Government who have interests in B class stations. They are prepared to place every restriction upon the wireless users of this country, and if the commission fails, they will advocate an increase in the price of wireless licences.


Mr White - The licence-fee is too high now.


Mr RIORDAN - I agree with the honorable member.


Mr Stewart - The licence-fee will have to be higher to make up the loss on the subsidiary business.


Mr RIORDAN - I understand that the honorable member controls aB class station which is making a good profit. We have thrown on the shoulders of the people of this country all unprofitable enterprises. When the Assistant Treasurer (Mr. Bruce) was Prime Minister he imported into this country a gentleman by the name of Mr. Brown, who was placed in charge of the post, office. Do honorable members opposite demand consistency to the extent of placing the control of the undertaking in the hands of private enterprise? Would the B class stations continue to operate if we took away from them or restricted their right to advertising! The honorable member for Swan is, I will admit, consistent, but I am sure that the Government, with the assistance of those honorable members on this side of the committee, who have faith in the nationalization of industry, will be able to defeat his amendment, and any other amendment designed to take away from Parliament the power to deal fairly by licence-holders.







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