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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr FORDE (Capricornia) .-I should like the Minister (Mr. Fenton) to explain why this amendment has been moved. We have not yet been told why the measure, as first approved by Cabinet, has been so drastically altered. Surely honorable members are entitled to some explanation. I am concerned with the welfare of the national broadcasting stations of Australia, which should have the right to broadcast sponsored programmes. Why should this class of work now be left entirely to B class stations? Is it because the Government has been approached by vested interests? Those controlling B class stations have asked the Government to impose the same restrictions as are embodied in the licences issued to the British Broadcasting Corporation. I cannot recall an occasion on which a Minister in charge of a bill has refused to explain an important amendment. It is difficult to understand why the Minister should now be supporting a totally different policy to that which he advocated when this measure first came before the House for consideration.

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