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Tuesday, 3 May 1932


Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) (PostmasterGeneral) . - The amendments which I propose to submit would make this clause read as follows: - (1.) The commission shall not broadcast advertisements. (2.) Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing the commission from broadcasting, if it thinks fit: (a) any announcement of its own future programmes; (6) a programme supplied by any organization, firm or person engaged in artistic, literary, musical or theatrical production or in educational pursuits; or (c) a programme supplied by any organization, firm or person, provided the programme is not, in the opinion of the commission, being used as an advertisement.

I now move -

That all the words from and including the words " in general " to and including the words ' it is broadcasting," sub-clause 1, be omitted.

The Government considers . that it would be encroaching upon the rights of the B class stations in Australia if the A class stations were allowed to broadcast advertisements or sponsored programmes. These amendments will leave the A class stations with ample power to utilize the services of the best artists in the community. In many instances, these services should be obtainable free of charge, and it is considered that lectures, oratorios and orchestral selections will be broadcast through the A class stations.







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