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Thursday, 3 July 1941

Message received from the Blouse of Representatives intimating that it had agreed to the appointment of a joint committee to inquire into and report on wireless broadcasting, and requesting the concurrence of the Senate therein, and the appointment of two members of the Senate, one to be named as chairman.

Motion (by Senator McLeay) - by leave - agreed to.

1.   That the Senate agrees to the appointment of a joint committee to inquire into and report upon wireless broadcasting within and from Australia, with particular reference to the following questions: -

(a)   Should any and what change be made in the existing laws and practices relating to the control of broadcasting?

(b)   Are the services now provided by the Australian Broadcasting Commission and commercial broadcasting stations adequate, and, if not, in what respects should they be improved? and

(c)   Should any, and, if so, what, improvements bemade in the wireless broadcasting of news within and from the Commonwealth?

2.   That Senators Amour and Gibson be appointed to serve on such committee with members of the House of Representatives.

3.   That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders -

(a)   Senator W.G. Gibson be the chairman of the committee;

(b)   the committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, to adjourn from place to place, and to sit during any adjournment of the Parliament and during the sittings of either House of the Parliament;

(c)   the committee make its report within three months, and any member of the committee have powerto add a protest or dissent to that report;

(d)   three members of the committee constitute a. quorum; and

(e)   in matters of procedure, the chairman of the committee have a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of voting, have a casting vote, and. in other matters, a deliberative vote only.

4.   That these resolutions be communicated to the House of Representatives by message.

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