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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) (3:11 AM) . - The Australian Broadcasting Commission has, up to the present, made a profit of £600,000. In view of that, surely it is not necessary for the Government to insist upon the irritating proposal contained in this clause.

Sir Charles Marr - What about withdrawing the statement to which I objected ?

Mr FRANCIS - The joint committee referred to the ponderous overhead expenses and numerous personnel of the central administration of the commission, and suggested that the matter be referred to another committee for examination. The joint committee should have invited the Public Service Commissioner, or some other qualified person, to make an investigation. Then, armed with his report, the committee should have made a recommendation to the Government.

Sir Charles Marr - The joint committee did not have authority to do that.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 103 agreed to.

Clause 104-

The fees payable for broadcast listeners' licences or renewals thereof granted under this Act shall be as follows: -

Provided that -

(i)   a broadcast listener's licence or any renewal thereof may be granted free of charge to any blind person over the age of sixteen years, or to any school maintained by or registered with the Education Department of any State which has an enrolment of less than fifty pupils;

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