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Wednesday, 17 July 1946


Mr SPEAKER (Hon J S Rosevear (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As Chairman, I present the second report of the Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Committee, which reads as follows -

The Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings submits its Second Report for presentation to each House of the Parliament and recommends its adoption.

The Joint Committee" has further considered the general principles upon which there should be determined the days upon which, and the periods during which, the proceedings of the Senate and the House of Representatives shall be broadcast, which were specified in its First Report adopted by both Houses on 5th July, 1940. In accordance with section 12 (1.) of the Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act 194B, the Joint Committee has now resolved -

(a)   That the following words be added to paragraph (2) of the general principles set out in its First Report: - "or at 11.30 p.m., whichever is the earlier ". (The paragraph would then read - " (2) Periods during which proceedings shall be broadcast: The broadcast shall commence on each sitting day at the time fixed for the meeting of the House whose opening proceedings are to be broadcast on that day as determined by the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings in accordance with section 12 (2.) of the Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act 1 940, and shall cease when the adjournment is moved in the House which is being broadcast at that time or at 11.30 p.m., whichever is the- earlier.".)

(6)   That the following paragraph be added to the general principles set out in its First Report: - "(C) The general principles specified in the First Report of the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings adopted by both Houses on 5th July, 1946, shall be observed. generally by the Joint Committee in making determinations in accordance with the Parliamentary Proceedings .Broadcasting Act 1946 but nothing in those general -principles shall be taken to prevent the Joint Committee from departing from those general principles in order to meet any unusual or special circumstances." (Sgd.) J. S. Rosevear, Chairman. 16th July, 1946.

The recommendations now made are considered- by the committee to he necessary in order to modify certain provisions in the first report which, on review, were found to be somewhat rigid. Paragraph 2 of the First Report made it mandatory for the broadcast to continue until the adjournment is moved by a Minister. The committee examined the times at which the adjournment had been moved over a recent period of twelve months, and found that 47 per cent, of the motions had been made- before 10.30 p.m., 41 per cent, between 10.30 p.m, and 11.30 p.m., and 12 per cent, after 11.30 p.m. The committee also ascertained that the cost of extending the broadcast past 11.30 p.m., the time . at which the second national stations normally close down, would be approximately £50 an hour. It was considered that, even although the number of occasions on which the adjournment is .moved later than 11.30 p.m. is likely to be relatively small, the continuation of the broadcast to a late hour cannot, as a general practice, be justified. Accordingly, the committee has recommended that, unless unusual circumstances render an extension desirable, the broadcast should not continue past 11.30 p.m. The additional words and paragraph are designed to give effect to this recommendation and will also allow the committee to make such determinations as are deemed desirable in order to meet any unusual or unforseen circumstances which may arise.

Motion (by Mr. Chifley) - by leave - agreed to - y

That -the report he adopted.







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