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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr JOLLY (Lilley) .- This clause empowers the commission to publish the A.B.C. Weekly. Last evening, I severely criticized this journal, because of the unsatisfactory service which it is giving to its readers. If I were to follow my personal inclinations, I should move that the publication of the journal shall be discontinued, but I realize that the amendment, if carried, would embarrass the commission, which is committed to the publication of the A.B.C. Weekly for some time. I ask the Minister in charge of the bill (Mr. Beasley) for an assurance that the Government will adopt the following recommendation of the Joint Committee on Broadcasting, regarding the journal : -

Subject to review by the proposed, joint parliamentary committee, the A.B.G. Weekly should he continued in some form as a medium for the publication of programmes if necessary, or as a higher grade journal on the lines of the British Listener. This recommendation is subject, of course, to wartime developments. We are not satisfied with the present standard, appearance and format of the journal, and believe that improvements arc possible.

Honorable members generally are most dissatisfied with the circulation and cost of the journal. At the present time> it is a wicked waste of public funds to continue to produce it.

Mr. BEASLEY(West Sydney- Minister for Supply and Development) TlO.lO]. - Honorable members will agree that the presentation of the journal, and the basis of its distribution, are anything but satisfactory, and I admit that radical changes are necessary. Apart from any undertaking that I may give concerning this matter, honorable members may rest assured that the proposed joint parliamentary committee will examine the A. B.C. Weekly and will doubtless submit recommendations that will meet with general approval. I am happy to give to the chamber an assurance that I shall exert any influence that I possess to ensure that the journal shall be improved in future.

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