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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Mr CURTIN - The A.B.C. Weekly is> published by the Australian Broadcasting Commission in pursuance of powers vested in it by statute. The question of whether the Government should interfere with the publication has been before this administration, and was before the previous one. l t has also been considered by the Joint Parliamentary Committee which was set up to consider matters pertaining to broadcasting. The report of that committee was submitted to Parliament, and con tained a recommendation that the publication of the journal should be continued. The Broadcasting Bill, which was passed by Parliament, made provision for the continuation of the publication. Therefore, the question is not associated with the campaign for an improved outlook on the subject of the war, but it could have a bearing on the matter of newsprint supplies which may, in the months ahead of us, decide whether the A.B.C. Weekly, and other publications, also, shall be able to continue. The matter is now under consideration.

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