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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Mr CURTIN - Broadcasts delivered by Ministers or members of Parliament, including members of the Advisory War Council, are, I understand, prefaced by an announcement that the speaker is Mr. So and So; and when the address is concluded, the listeners are informed that they have been hearing Mr. So and So. The honorable member refers to news items broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, which include excerpts from statements or criticisms. The Parliamentary Committee on Broadcasting made a recommendation in connexion with such broadcasts, and the Australian Broadcasting Commission, on its own initiative, has given effect to the recommendation. The Parliamentary Committee on Broadcasting stated that names were too frequently mentioned in such broadcasts, and that too much personal publicity was being given in consequence. I have no doubt that the commission, having in mind the comments of the committee, and the view advanced by the honorable member, will adopt a commonsense attitude. The Government is not exercising any authority whatsoever in regard to the matter, but a complaint was received, and I made certain inquiries, as a result of which I have been able to say what I have said.







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