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Wednesday, 17 July 1946


Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

What amounts of money have been voted by Parliament to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited for purposes other than share capital since the inception of the company?


Mr Chifley - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows : -

(a)   Under an agreement entered into in 1922 the Commonwealth was required to pay to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited the difference between the expenditure for the upkeep and maintenance of the coastal and island radio stations and the revenue derived fi om traffic from "such stations. This agreement operated from 29th March, 1922, to 28th March, 1926,. in respect of coastal stations, and from 29th March, 1922, to 28th March, 1927, in respect of island stations. A total amount of £143,131 was paid for this purpose to . Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia ) Limited during the periods indicated.

(S)   By way of a consequent agreement dated 1927 (clause 12) the Commonwealth was required to pay to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited as a contribution towards the upkeep and maintenance of coastal and island radio stations the sum of £45,000 per annum and Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited was required to pay to the Commonwealth 30 per .cent, of the revenue earned by the company in the continuance of the services which .were carried out by these stations at the commencement of the agreement. It will be seen by reference to Hansard of the 17 th November, 1927, that the Prime Minister in his speech on the bill for the Wireless Agreement Act of 1927 indicated that this provision was to compensate the company for the loss of terminal rights. The payment to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited from 29th March, 1927, to 30th June, 1946, under this clause was £673,477.

(c)   Under clauses 8 and 9 of the agreement of 1927, Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia ) Limited was. also paid 3d. per month in respect of each broadcast listener's licence in force in' return for which the company made available its Australian patent rights free of charge . to broadcasting stations, listeners, radio dealers and manufacturers. This arrangement was in force from list' November, 1927, to 28th February, 1934, and the amount paid to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited during that period was £329,167.


Mr Archie Cameron n asked -the Treasurer, upon notice -

What amounts, if any, of claims against Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited have been written off by the Commonwealth at any time?


Mr Chifley -. - The only claim which the Commonwealth has withdrawn was one for approximately £21,000 for charges to which it claimed it wa3 entitled in respect of " drop " copies of overseas press telegrams delivered by the company to parties other than the addressee. As the result of a High Court decision against the Commonmonwealth, the claim was withdrawn.







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