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Tuesday, 3 May 1932


Mr WHITE (Balaclava) .- While I agree with the honorable member for Perth that the Government should not enter further into the field of private enterprise, I feel that as this is purely a financial provision, and as the Government will, by collecting the licence-fees, hold the purse strings, it would be unwise to have another spending authority. I, therefore, do not support the amendment. The honorable member for Fawkner (Mr. Maxwell) argued that those of us who, because the bill was a government measure, did not oppose it at the outset, should support all its provisions. There are, of course, undertakings which are too gigantic for private enterprise to control; but it does not follow that every branch of enterprise should be exploited by the Government. The honorable member for Fawkner surely would not suggest that the post office, which is a government undertaking, should manufacture its own supplies or print its own stationery. The argument could be carried to an absurd point.


Mr Maxwell - If it were in the public interest that the Postal Department should manufacture its own supplies, that should be done.


Mr WHITE - I admit that. But experience has shown that even such government enterprises as railways, the Australian Commonwealth Line of Steamers, and other activities, would be more successful if controlled by private enterprise.

Amendment - by leave - withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 20 agreed to.

Clause 21 (Authorized transmissions).







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