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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr BLACKBURN (Bourke) (12:50 PM) . - I believe that I understand the intention of the clause. Sub-clause 2 provides that the licensee shall have fixed advertising charges which shall be published, and that he shall not discriminate between competitors. The purpose is that a commercial station shall not give one of a number of competitors sole advertising rights over its station. If " A " and " B", competing in the sale of a certain line of goods, both seek advertising time from the station they should be treated alike. Does the honorable member for Parramatta (Sir Frederick Stewart) agree that that is the intention?

Sir Frederick Stewart - Yes.

Mr BLACKBURN - However, as the sub-clause is drawn, any advertiser could go to a station and say: "You must broadcast my advertisement at your rates ". The objections to this have been mentioned by the honorable member for Parramatta and the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron). Am I to understand that the Government is prepared to give an undertaking that, if the amendment proposed by the honorable member for Parramatta be agreed to, it will make appropriate regulations?

Mr BLACKBURN - Nevertheless, I should like to see the clause recast in order to make clear the Government's intention to prevent discrimination between competitors. If the Government proposes to achieve its purpose by means of regulations-

Mr Archie Cameron - Why do by regulation what should be provided for in the bill?

Mr BLACKBURN - I agree that the position should be covered in the bill. I suggest that the words " to any person " be deleted with a view to insert in their place the words " for or against any competitor ". Those may not be the best words, but they express my desire and the desire of the committee.

Sir Frederick Stewart - How would the sub-clause read then?

Mr BLACKBURN -" ... and shall make his advertising service available without discrimination for or against any competitor."

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