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Tuesday, 24 August 1937

Senator FOLL (QUEENSLAND) - Is the Postmaster-

General aware of the fact that the Australian Broadcasting Commission last week refused to broadcast the speech of the Prime Minister of Australia and the Premier of Queensland at the luncheon held in connexion with the Brisbane annual show, which is one of the largest and most important functions conducted in Queensland? Furthermore, is the Minister aware that afterwards the commission made a statement to the effect that the reason why it did not broadcast those proceedings was because the federal elections would be held within three months? In view of the fact that the date of the election has not yet been announced, can he tell us how the Broadcasting Commission could assume that the elections would take place within three months? Will he also inform the commission that the people of this country, who are paying substantial licence-fees, expect it to make available the national stations when matters of great public importance have to be made known to them by the Prime Minister and other Federal and State Ministers?

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