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Wednesday, 26 March 1941


Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Postmaster-General) . - in reply - I do not propose to speak at any length because the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) has foreshadowed amendments which will be moved in committee. I appreciate the favorable references which have been made to the work of the Australian Broadcasting Commission and to the advancement made in broadcasting generally, but I regret that an attempt was made by some honora'ble senators to criticize unfairly certain members of the commission. To those honorable senators who raised the question of the amount paid to the Australian Associated Press for copyright, I would point out that the Australian Associated Press has the press and radio copyright of Reuters news supplied to the British Broadcasting Corporation. The Australian Broadcasting Commission arranged for the use of that news for a payment of £3,000, half of which is collected from the commercial stations.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clause 1 agreed to.

Progress reported.







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