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Wednesday, 6 May 1942


Senator SPICER (Victoria) .- I do not dispute the legal reasons which have induced the Attorney-General's Department to insert in clause 23 the words " Subject to this act ". There may be very good legal reasons for that, but the difficulty occurs in relation to clause 24, and honorable senators on this side of the chamber are only raising this question in order that the matter may be put beyond doubt. I suggest to the Postmaster-General (Senator Ashley) that all doubt would be eliminated by adding in clause 24, sub-clause 2, the following new paragraph: -

(d)   Any matter directed to be broadcast tinder section 23.

It is all very well to say that an announcement is not an advertisement, but obviously whoever was responsible for drafting this bill in the first place entertained some doubt, because in paragraph (a) of this clause he excluded from advertisements " any announcement relating to any activity or proposed activity of the Commission ". All doubt can be eliminated in the manner which I have indicated. No lawyer would be able then to suggest that a matter directed to be broadcast under clause 23 was a prohibited advertisement.







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