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Wednesday, 3 June 1942


Mr SHEEHAN (Cook) .- Under this clause, the Australian Broadcasting Commission may make arrangements for the holding of, or may organize or subsidize, any public concert or public entertainment, provided the function is held in co-operation with an educational, religious or other noncommercial institution, and no charge for admission is made by the commission. As I interpret the clause, it is a general instruction to the commission not to charge for admission to concerts which it has organized or with which it is associated. After the war, this provision will seriously restrict the ability of the commission to engage world-famous artists to give concerts in Australia. In my opinion, this clause will have the wholehearted support of theatrical and musical vested interests, who are anxious that the Australian Broadcasting Commission shall be prevented from organizing such entertainments. If my interpretation of the clause be correct, I shall move that in paragraph b of sub-clause 2 the words, "and no charge for admission is made by the commission", be left out.


Mr Beasley - This does not bind the commission.


Mr SHEEHAN - I accept that assurance.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 19-

For the purpose of the exercise of its powers and functions under this act, the commission may compile, prepare, issue, circulate and distribute, whether gratis or otherwise, in such manner as it thinks fit, such papers, magazines, periodicals, books, pamphlets, circulars and other literary matter as it thinks fit (including, the programmes of national broadcasting stations and other stations) :







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