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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Minister for Immigration and Master for Information) . - A re-examination of the matter of patent rights indicates that, in. purchasing the telecommunication assets of Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited, the Commonwealth will acquire also the use of any patents incorporated in the assets so purchased. In other words, the purchase price of the assets in question will include any ingredients necessary to cover the use of the patents embodied therein. In the circumstances, the clause is no longer necessary, and I ask that it be negatived.

Clause negatived.

Clause 49 agreed to.

Clause 50 (Compensation Board).

Mr. FADDEN(Darling DownsLeader of the Australian Country party) be considered in assessing compensation is the contributions the Government has made to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited in the past. I draw specific attention to the fact that the Estimates for the year ended the 30th June, 1946, show that an amount of £37,950 was paid to the company during the financial year 1944-45 towards the cost of coastal wireless stations, and that the estimated expenditure on that account for the financial year 1945-46 was £38,000. I am afraid that that factor hasbeen completely overlooked. That isobviously so, because the Minister, in reply to the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron) stated that no subsidy had been paid to the company from Treasury resources.

Mr Calwell - I said on balance.

Mr Sheehan - I rise to order. As the clause deals only with the personnel of the Compensation Board I consider that the Leader of the Australian Country party is not in order in introducing irrelevant matter.

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