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Tuesday, 3 May 1932


Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) (PostmasterGeneral) . - I move -

That the following words be added to the clause: - " (including the programmes of national broadcasting stations and other stations) :

Provided that, prior to the publication of any programme in pursuance of this section, a copy of the programme shall be made available at an office of the commission on equal ter ms to the publishers of any newspaper, magazine or journal published in the Commonwealth."

A fear has been expressed that privatelyowned journals, which now publish broadcasting programmes, may be precluded from doing so in the future, and that the commission will assume the exclusive right to issue this information. The amendment will ensure that programmes will continue to be available to the publishers of private journals.


Mr Rosevear - What is the meaning of the phrase, "on equal terms"?


Mr FENTON - No favoritism will be shown. In making these programmes available for publication in other than its own journal, the commission will deal out evenhanded justice.







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