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Wednesday, 3 July 1946
Page: 2167

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) (1:39 AM) . - The statement that the PostmasterGeneral has the power to put stations off the air is not quite correct, as the powers previously exercisedare now to be modified in certain important particulars. The honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Rosevear) showed conclusively that for the protection of the privileges ofthe Parliament the amendment foreshadowed by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Menzies) should be accepted. Shortly afterwards the honorable member for Eden-Monaro (Mr. Eraser) took a similar stand. When two of the most acute minds on the Government side support the case presented by the Opposition, there are two courses open to the Prime Minister (Mr. Chifley). I prefer that he should tell the Minister in charge of the bill not to be so dogmatic to be, now and again, a little more reasonable. A further suggestion is that he should refer the matter back to caucus for further consideration. If this clause goes through in spite of the case made out against it by some of the Government's own supporters, the purpose of this committee will be stultified. When in committee we should consider measures, not in a party spirit, but in a desire to do what is right in the circumstances.

Question put -

That the amendment (Mr. Menzies's) be agreed to.

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