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Friday, 9 August 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - I heard the debate this morning on the Australian Broadcasting Bill. I did not notice any particularly hurtful criticism. People who broadcast matter on subjects of public controversy must . expect to be criticized. I am assuming that what the honorable member for Parkes (Mr. Haylen) said this morning in regard to " The Lawsons " was true. If that be so, it did not seem to me to be appropriate matter for broadcasting over the national stations. The issues raised are the subject of constant controversy in this House.. I can. understand that if a person is slandered in any way he would feel aggrieved. I would not stand for that kind of thing for a moment. As to other criticism, it seems to me that we are becoming far too sensitive.

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