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Friday, 26 May 1939

Mr Mulcahy (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) y asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   What would be the approximate cost to the Australian Broadcasting Commission of publishing its programmes in the daily press at advertising rates?

2.   Is it a fact that the commission has appointed . an editor and a business manager in connexion with the proposed journal, the Australian Listener 1

3.   If so, what are the terms of the appointments and the salaries to be paid?

Mr Harrison - Inquiries are being made, and a reply will be furnished as soon as possible.

On the 19th May, the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Nairn) asked the following question, upon notice: -

1.   Has the Australian Broadcasting Commission appointed, at a salary of £1,500 a year, an editor of a newspaper to be published by the commission?

2.   Were applications for the position invited by public notice? If not, why not?

3.   Is the commission, in embarking upon a commercial enterprise for profit, acting with the approval of the Government?

I am now in a position to . furnish the honorable member with the following answers to his inquiries : -

1.   Yes.

2.   No. Before deciding on the appointment, the commission carefully considered other persons whose qualifications were likely to be suitable for the position in question, and a number of these were interviewed. There are occasions when positions to be filled are of a specialized nature, and it is possible to make selections without advertising for applicants in the press.

3.   The Government is still giving consideration to this matter and it is hoped that a statement will soon be made.

Sydney City Council Loan.

Mr Menzies (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) s. - The honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) asked yesterday if the Treasurer would state the reason why the Loan Council refused permission to the Sydney Municipal Council to raise a loan in Australia to meet a maturing London loan of £1,000,000?

I have now made inquiries and am in a position to inform the honorable member that the Sydney Municipal Council did not seek the approval of the Loan Council to raise a loan in Australia in order to redeem the London maturing loan. Approval was sought by the council for the conversion of the loan in London, and this approval was granted by the Loan Council and the loan duly converted at 5 per cent, at par, which was the same rate of interest as that applicable to the maturing loan.

Price of Copper.

Mr Paterson n asked the Minister for

Supply and Development, upon notice -

1.   Is the price ruling for copper in Australia (a) identical with the price ruling in London, or (b) equal to the London price plus the cost of freight from London to Australia, or (c) equal to the London price less the cost of freight from Australia to London?

2.   What is the rate of freight per ton for copper from Australia to London?

Mr Casey - The answer to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Refined copper produced in Australia is of electrolytic grade and the price charged for it to wholesale users, including the Department of Defence, is the equivalent in Australian currency of the sterling price quoted on the London metal exchange for electrolytic wire bars without any addition or deduction for freight as between London and Australia or Australia and London. Delivery is taken by the buyer ex store refinery.

2.   No refined copper has been shipped from Australia since 1933, when the rate of freight, Australia to United Kingdom ports, was 15s. 6d. per ton. The present day rate of freight is not known.

Research Station in South Australia.

Mr Casey y. - On the 25th May the honorable member for Wannon (Mr. Scholfield) asked whether any action was being taken by the Government to acquire a property in the south-east of South Australia for the purpose of establishing a station of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Supplemeriting the information which I then gave to the honorable member,- I am. now in a position to inform him that consideration has been given by the council to the question of acquiring a portion of the Struan Estate or, alternatively, utilizing the Kybybolite Experiment Farm for this purpose. It was ascertained, however, on investigation that the most important diseases in this district were footrot, internal parasites, enterotoxaemia and blowfly strike, and that all those were being investigated by the council elsewhere. In these circumstances it was considered that justification did not exist for establishing further stations.. According to the council the main need of stock-owners in the south-east of South Australia was not so much further research into the diseases mentioned, but better knowledge of the application of research work carried out, and it was thought that information in this regard could best be imparted by a resident veterinary officer of the South Australian Department of Stock.

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