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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) (PostmasterGeneral) . - Nothing like what the honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Rosevear) has inferred is intended, under this clause. Let me give one illustration of the use to which broadcasting stations have been put in recent times. The Postmaster-General has issued instructions that the deputy directors of. posts and telegraphs in the various States shall, where practicable, broadcast news of the occurence of bushfires or floods, so that immediate assistance may be rendered in the areas affected. That is the sort of transmission covered by this clause.

Section 2 of the British Broadcasting Corporation charter provides that the corporation shall, whenever so requested by any department of the Government, at the corporation's own expense, send from all or any of its stations any matter which that department may desire to broadcast. In this instance, the broadcasting service is to be used, not for political, but for national purposes.

Clause agreed to.

Progress reported.

TARIFF PROPOSALS (Nos. 3 and 4) 1932.

Customs Duties.

In Committee of Ways and Means:

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