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Wednesday, 4 December 1935

Senator ARKINS (New South Wales) . - I desire to ask your ruling, Mr. Chairman, whether under the item " payment to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited for hire and operation of broadcasting stations, £6,600 ", it is competent for honorable senators to discuss broadcasting in all its aspects? I also ask for a definite ruling in respect of the item " contribution to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited towards cost of wireless stations £37,000" and '/National Broadcasting Services £9,260 ". Upon those items are wc entitled to discuss broadcasting generally ?

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The honorable senator is referring in the first place to amounts paid to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited for the rent of broadcasting stations which the Government acquired when it instituted a national broadcasting service.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator may discuss the item relating to the payment to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited for the hire and operation of broadcasting stations, but it is not competent for this committee to enter into a general discussion of broadcasting in all its aspects. The opportunity to do so was afforded on the first reading of the bill, when each honorable senator was at liberty, had be wished, to occupy one and a half hours in discussing that or any other subject, with the possibility of obtaining an extension of another half hour, in which further to elaborate his remarks.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Northern Territory.

Proposed vote,£159,404.

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