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Wednesday, 6 May 1942


Senator ASHLEY (New South WalesPostmasterGeneral and Minister for Information) . - I can see the force of the suggestion. Although the provision is taken from the current act, I am prepared to give consideration to suggestions for improvements. Would an extension of the period to three months meet the case?


Senator Spicer - A period of three months would be better than two months, hut if the consent of the GovernorGen eral has tobe obtained, the period should be six months.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 16 to 22 agreed to.

Clause 23 -

Thecommission shall broadcast free of charge from all of the national broadcasting stations: or from such of them as are specified by the Minister, any matter the broadcasting of which is directed by the Minister in writing as being in the public interest.

Amendment (by Senator Ashley) agreed to -

That before the words " The commission " the words " Subject to this act " be inserted.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 24- (1.) The commission shall not broadcast advertisements. (2.) Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing the commission from broadcasting, if it thinks fit -

(a)   any announcement relating to any activity or proposed activity of the commission;

(b)   a programme supplied by any organization or person engaged in artistic, literary, musical or theatrical production or in educational pursuits; or

(c)   a programme supplied by any organization or person, provided the programme is not, in the opinion of the commission, being used as an advertisement, or from broadcasting notices and particulars of prescribed entrance examinations in pursuance of sub-section (4.) of section 17 of this act.







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