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Thursday, 5 May 1932

Mr HUTCHIN (DENISON, TASMANIA) - In view of thefacts that clause 16 of the Broadcasting Bill recently passed by this House commits the Commonwealth Government, through the Broadcasting Commission, to provide " adequate and comprehensive " programmes, and that such programmes will not be available to Tasmanian listeners owing to the lack of telephonic communication between Tasmania and the mainland, and the absence of the necessary regional stations in Tasmania, will the Government place upon the Estimates a sum sufficient to provide these facilities, or alternatively, as an act of fairness, reduce the lieence-fee payable by Tasmanian listeners until such time as they are given the same service as listeners on the mainland ?

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