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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr GREGORY (Swan) .- Some honorable members, with the approval of this Government, the members of which have always expressed themselves as opposed to government trading showed by their vote on the previous clause that they are prepared to make the commission a socialistic enterprise. Those honorable gentlemen should not miss the opportunity, which this clause affords, to confer upon , the commission specific power to engage in the manufacture of wireless sets and other electrical equipment.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 19- (2.) The commission shall not, without the approval of the Minister -

(a)   acquire any property, the cost of acquisition of which exceeds the sum of five thousand pounds, or in any manner dispose of any property having an original or book value exceeding the sum of five thousand pounds ; or

(b)   enter into any lease for a period exceeding five years.

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