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Thursday, 27 April 1961


Mr DAVIDSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - At the beginning of of his question, the honorable member asked whether I would consider it desirable that debates on such an important matter as the referendum in New South Wales should be assisted by the broadcasting and television services. I say quite emphatically, " Yes, I think it is very desirable". I will not comment on what the commercial stations might have done in this matter, but it so happens that I do know that, because of the desirability of debating this matter, the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Sydney did offer to the leaders of the Government and the Opposition these opportunities for a debate on the subject. I know that, following upon that offer, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Askin, was prepared to take part in the debate, but the leader of the Government, Mr. Heffron, was not so prepared. Therefore, the debate did not tak" place.







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