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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr STACEY (Adelaide) .- It is my intention to support the amendment. Honorable members opposite are quite wrong when they assume that, in deciding upon the amendments that should be made to the bill, either the rank and file of the Government party or the Minister himself was influenced by the press. I was one of those who approached the Minister and asked for certain amendments to be made. The bill was considered clause by clause, which clearly proves that honorable members on this side were not satisfied with it. I agree that, as originally drafted, it permitted too much ministerial control I was forced to that conclusion by something that happened during the regime of the Scullin Government, when broadcasting was under ministerial control. A meeting convened by the Citizens League in Adelaide could not be broadcast because of the ban placed upon it by the Postmaster-General. I know not why, but probably because he considered that statements were likely to be made concerning him or his Government. It was that occurrence which led me to ask that the bill be discussed by the party Before it was proceeded with further in this chamber.

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