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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator BADMAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I have ex: plained that, but the Commission derive* about £505,000 from that source. Surelysuch a large sum of money is sufficient to enable it to carry out such constructional work as may be necessary, to engage celebrated oversea artists, and to maintain a high standard of entertainment. The revenue enjoyed by the Commission is considerably in excess of what is necessary to provide the service that listeners are now receiving. I repeat that only approximately 10 per cent. of the holders of listeners' licences in Australia tune in regularly to the A class stations.

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The percentage might not be so high as that.

Senator Collings - What is the honorable senator's authority for those figures ?

Senator BADMAN - The B class stations collected the information.

Senator Collings - In my opinion, there is no means of obtaining accurate data.

Senator BADMAN - The A class, stations do not provide the essential services which we might expect for the payment of £1 ls. Another reason why the licence-fees should be reduced is to be found in the rapid increase of the number of listeners; shortly it will reach the million mark. I hope that the PostmasterGeneral will be able to- explain why the Australian Broadcasting Commission is to receive an additional £89,870 from the Postal Department in addition to the revenues it already has at its disposal.

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