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Friday, 19 July 1946

Mr DEDMAN - I believe that it is a fact that newspaper proprietors insist upon the selection of newsagents through a board dominated by themselves. I do not think that the Commonwealth Government has any constitutional power to interfere with any such arrangement, though I deprecate the fact that such arrangements are possible. As to whether the board gives preference to ex-servicemen in the allocation of newsagencies, I am certain that it would be covered by the Re-establishment and ' Employment Act, and insofar as that act applies would be bound by it. 1 suggest that any ex-serviceman who is debarred from obtaining a newsagency by any action of this board or of the newspaper proprietors should obtain legal advice as to whether action can be taken to compel the hoard or the proprietors to extend preference to him.

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