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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) . - The points raised by the honorable" member for Griffith (Mr. Conelan) have nothing whatever to do with "the matter. The two matters are entirely distinct. The Royal Australian Navy provides its own wireless service. There are two naval wireless stations almost within sight of this building, and there are naval wireless stations around the coast. The Army provides its own wireless service, as the honorable member will know if he ever looks at the top of Victoria Barracks. The Royal Australian Air Force provides its own wireless service.

Therefore, anything that Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited may have done at Port Moresby would be entirely outside this proposal. I placed a question on. the notice-paper to-night asking for particulars of Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited since it started operations. I will place another question on the notice-paper asking the Minister to state what amounts owing by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited to different Commonwealth departments have been written off from time to time.

The CHAIRMAN - I ask the honorable member to deal with the clause!

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - It relates to compensation^ and- it is intimately linked up with subsidies, subventions and financial ' assistance that the company has had . from time to .time from the Treasury, and also with certain, amounts claimed by certain de- partments - the Postmaster-General's Department for one - that have not been collected from the company but have been written off. These are vital questions, and. X shall expect replies to the questions 1 1 have asked. These matters cannot be laughed off. If the honorable gentleman's- statement, be correct that no question asked is unanswered he will have answers- to my questions to-morrow.

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