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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr Ward d asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that a regular news commentary had been conducted by a Mr. Frank Browne over a New South Wales radio network for approximately three years until it was abruptly discontinued late last year without any prior notice to the listening public or to Mr. Browne?

2.   Was the action taken by those controlling th? radio network concerned as a result of an order or advice received from the Australian Broadcasting Control Board?

3.   If so, what was the reason for the board's action?

Mr Davidson (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   I understand that news commentaries by Mr. Frank Browne over a New South Wales broadcasting station were discontinued in November, 1960.

2.   and 3. The Australian Broadcasting Control Board was in no way connected with the cessation of the commentaries.

Imports from Japan.

Mr Ward d asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice -

1.   What was the (a) quantity and (b) value of man-made fibre piece goods imported from Japan in the financial year 1959/60?

2.   What are the latest available figures for the current year?

Mr Osborne (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) - The Minister for Customs and Excise has furnished the following answer to the honorable member's questions: -

Imports of man-made fibre piece goods from Japan for the financial year 1959-60, and for the July to January period of the current financial year, are shown hereunder: -


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