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Tuesday, 2 June 1942

Mr SCULLIN (YARRA, VICTORIA) - That has not happened in England.

Sir CHARLES MARR - England is small in area, and, like Canada, gets a great deal of its broadcasting matter from beyond its own borders. That, however, is not the case here. We know that in Germany and the other dictatorship countries the people are allowed to listen to only such programmes as the dictators approve. I believe that, in genera], great public utilities should be under national control; but I do not believe that radio broadcasting should be entirely operated and controlled by the State.

Mr Jolly - Will the proposed committee be empowered to interfere in the control of broadcasting?

Sir CHARLES MARR - Only in regard to such matters as are referred to it by the Minister, or by resolution of one or both Houses of Parliament. The fact that the responsible Minister knows that his administrative acts are liable to be discussed in Parliament will act as a desirable check. Moreover, any person who believes that he has been unfairly treated may ask that his case be referred to the committee.

Mr ARCHIE Cameron - Will the committee have power to supervise programmes ? ,

Sir CHARLES MARR - No ; that will remain the duty of the PostmasterGeneral's Department.

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