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Wednesday, 3 July 1946

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) .- I nsk the Minister to read carefully paragraph 52 of the report of the Broadcasting Committee - . . that no provision should be made for any pre-arranged selection of speakers at particular times, that is to say, there should be " straight " broadcasts of the proceedingsexactly as they occur in the normal transaction of parliamentary business. . . .

Mr. Speaker;when giving evidence before the committee, said that if parliamentary debates- are to be broadcast it would be preferable to alternate the initiation of legislation between the two Houses rather than to divide the time. He argued that that would maintain, interest in the proceedings in each chamber.

Mr Rosevear - The amendment does not propose that; it says that the whole of the proceedings in both chambers should be broadcast.

Mr FRANCIS - I .appreciate the. difficulty, because of shortage of material, in the way of broadcasting' the whole of the proceedings in. each ' chamber. However, the Government should' implement the. recommendation of theBroadcasting Committee that proceedings should be broadcast exactly asthey 'occur- in the normal transaction of parliamentary business, that is, proceedings in each chamber should bebroadcast from start to finish.

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