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Friday, 9 August 1946


Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Last week attacks were made under privilege in this House upon individuals employed by the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The news .editor of the commission was the subject of one such attack. Early this morning an attack was made on the writer of a serial " The Lawsons which, as the Prime Minister is probably aware, has been on the air for more than two years.


Mr Chifley - I heard of it only this morning.


Mr ANTHONY - If the Prime Minister resided in the country and not in Canberra, he would be aware that " The Lawsons " is one of the most popular broadcasting ' items of the day in country districts. The serial is the work of a charming lady, Miss Gwen Meredith. I ask the Prime Minister whether he condones such attacks on employees of a government instrumentality who have no opportunity to protect their reputations. Does the right honorable gentleman approve of employees of the Australian Broadcasting Commission being described as " stooges " if they comment in a way not favorable to the propaganda of the Australian Labour party?







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