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Wednesday, 29 November 1944

Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Did the New South Wales branch of the Returned Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia make representations fora broadcasting licence?

2.   Was the Postmaster-General approached by that branch for the allocation of 2HD licence?

3.   Did he give consideration to the representations, and, if so, is he favorably disposed to granting the licence of 2HD to the New South Wales branch ?

4.   If the branch can secure the assets of any radio station, in view of the league's educational, social, and rehabilitation activities, will he grant to the branch the transfer of the licence of a station now operating?

Mr Calwell - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Yes.

2.   Yes.

3.   Yes. The position with regard to this particular application was fully explained to representatives of the New South Wales branch when I met them as a deputation in Sydney on the11th September, 1944.

4.   In the event of the New South Wales branch acquiring the assets of any radio station, an application for transfer of the licence would receive sympathetic consideration in the light of the circumstances existing in such a case.

Snowy River H y dro-electric Scheme.

Mr Harrison n asked the Acting Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the New SouthWales Government is considering a proposal to divert the course of the Snowy River for the establishment of irrigation and hydro-electric power plant in New South Wales?

2.   As an interference with the flow of water into Victoriawill affect the riparian rights of the Victorian Government, and, for some time, considerably diminish the possibility of a maximum development of hydro-electric power and a full utilization of the normal flow of waters through the original river course, will he consult with both Governments to see if the maximum advantage cannot be taken of this scheme rather than to allow one

State government to destroy the possibilities that present themselves for the full development of a hydro-electric scheme on the only river which lends itself to such development in Australia?

Mr.Forde. - Inquiries are being made and a reply will be furnished to the honorable member as early as practicable.

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