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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - This is a very important clause because it provides that the Australian Broadcasting Commission shall receive an amount of lis. out of each listener's licence-fee, whereas, in the past, it received only 10s. In ordinary circumstances, I should allow this provision to pass unquestioned, but, as money is urgently required for national purposes, I should like to know whether the Government is fully assured that it can reduce the contribution to the national exchequer from this source without damage to the war effort. In my opinion, this is not an opportune time to increase the commission's share of revenue from listeners' licence-fees. I would vote against any alteration of the existing allotment during the period of the war if I had the opportunity to do so. At any rate, I should like to Hear the considered view of the Government on this poin t.

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