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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4241


Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) - I do not altogether disagree with the conclusion of the honourable member for Blaxland (Mr Keating) although I do not agree with his reasoning. I think this legislation should be continued, and I agree that it is interim legislation which may not yet go far enough. It is legislation which was founded, I think, on the principles enunciated by the right honourable member for Higgins (Mr Gorton), when he was Prime Minister, and I think the actual Bill was brought in by the right honourable member for Lowe (Mr McMahon). It was in line with the policy of the past Government and not in line with the policy of the present Government, then the Labor Opposition, which has been entirely opportunist in this matter. Let me remind the House that when this matter came up - and I put the exact date - in November 1951, when there was a takeover proposed of an Australian broadcasting network by foreign interests - this was the worst kind, the most obnoxious kind, of takeover - the Labor Party in this House supported it and voted for it to a man, because they had a dirty, underground arrangement that the London 'Daily Mirror' would take over the Macquarie broadcasting system in Australia and it would become a media propagandist for the Labor Party. Now, Sir-







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