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Friday, 9 August 1946

Mr Rankin n asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   How many applications to operate broadcasting stations were received by the department in 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945?

2.   From which States were the applications received in each year?

3.   How many of such applications were granted?

4.   To whom were they granted and on what date?

Mr Calwell - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answers : - 1 and 2. The number of applications made for licences for commercial broadcasting stations in each State during the past four years was -


3 and 4. Duringthe period indicated, licences were granted to: (a) Nicholson's Limited, Perth, on 22nd December, 1944, for a. station in Collie, Western Australia; (6) The Secretary and Trustees, Queensland Branch, Australian Labour party, on 1st September, 1945, for a station in Brisbane, Queensland. Licences, which had been either revoked or surrendered, were restored to the undermentioned companies :(a) Port Augusta Broadcasting Company Limited, Port Augusta, on 25th June, 1943; (b) 5KA Broadcasting Company Limited, Adelaide, on 25th June, 1943; (c) Mudgee Broadcasting Company Proprietary Limited, Mudgee, on 28th September, 1944; (d) Airsales Broadcasting Company Proprietary Limited, Newcastle, on 7th November, 1944. . .

All these licences were for mediumwave stations. Until the recent report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee concerning the possibility of incorporating frequency modulation stations in the Australian broadcasting system has been examined and the policy in this regard determined, no licences will be granted for such stations.

General Elections: Petrol and Tyres for Candidates.

Mr Chifley y.- On the 6th August the honorable member for Flinders(Mr. Ryan) asked me whether it is intended to make special concessions to candidates in. the forthcoming elections in respect of petrol and tyres.

In reply, I inform the honorable member that it has been approved that any necessary tyres and tubes should be made available for fitment to a motor vehicle owned and operated by any candidate for the federal elections or a member of a State legislature, as well as for fitment to a motor vehicle on loan or on hire to such a member or candidate for use in connexion with the election and referendum campaigns. Individual applications for such tyres and tubes should be made through the local transport advisory committees to the tyre distribution branch ineach capital city.

In regard to petrol, special rations will be provided for each candidate for the House of Representatives and the Senate. The rations issued will, of course, be greater for candidates for the Senate and country constituencies, in view of their greater travel obligations. Those special rations will be made avail- able on the submission of applications by present members, or in the case of candi- dates who are not sitting members, upon their receiving the nomination or endorsement of a recognized party. An indepen dent candidate will receive the ration as soon as definite proof of his candidature, i.e., a lodging of a nomination, is received. These special rations are being granted for joint election and referendum campaign purposes and, as in the case of the 1944 referendum, certain rations will also be issued to members of State parliaments. The Minister for Supply and Shipping is arranging for full details of these arrangements to be conveyed to all members of State and Federal legislatures, and to prospective candidates as quickly as possible so that use can be made of the special rations at the earliest opportunity.

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