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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - That amendment would not cover the second and most important point raised by Senator Allan MacDonald, namely, that some persons who have interests in journals competing with the A.B.C. Weekly may take steps to prevent the broadcasting of advertisements proclaiming the Australian Broadcasting Commission journal. There are certain legal difficulties and implications in this matter and I suggest that the Postmaster-General should give an undertaking to seek further legal advice on the matter and to recommit the clause if necessary. Obviously, it is impos sible, during a debate, to draft an amendment which will meet all contingencies raised by honorable senators. I am sure that honorable senators would be prepared to let the bill go through provided that an undertaking were given that this clause will be recommitted if necessary. If the Minister were not prepared to recommit the bill in this chamber, he could effect any necessary alterations when the measure reached the House of Representatives. I am afraid that unless something is done the Australian Broadcasting Commission will strike trouble.

Senator ASHLEY(New South Wales-

Postmaster-General and Minister for Information) [8.59l]. - I am prepared to accept the honorable senator's suggestion and I shall endeavour to recommit the clause to-night. In the meantime, I shall seek advice upon the matter.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - There is no need to postpone consideration of the clause. We shall let it go through if the Minister is prepared to recommit it if necessary.

Amendment - by leave - withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 25 and 26 agreed to.

Clause 27- (2.) The amount referred to in the last preceding sub-section shall, in respect of the licence-fee received in respect of each broadcast listener's licence in force on or after the first day of July, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two, be the aggregate of the following amounts: -

Amendment (by Senator Ashley) proposed -

That the words " the aggregate of the following amounts " be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following words: - " a» follows ".

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