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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator ASHLEY (New South WalesPostmasterGeneral and Minister for Information) . - I move -

That after the word " notice ", first occurring, the following words be inserted: - " given orally, by telegram or ".

The reason for this amendment is that Senator A. J. McLachlan drew my attention, during the second-reading stages of the bill, to the fact that occasions might arise when emergency notice should be given to a station and when the Minister might not be in a position to give notice in writing in time for it to be effective. The amendment will enable the Minister to give instructions by telephone or telegram and to confirm them subsequently in writing.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Ashley) agreed to -

That, at the end of the clause, the following sub-clause be added: - " (2.) If any such notice is given orally, the Minister shall forthwith confirm it in writing.".

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 50 and 51 agreed to.

Clause 52 (Grant of licences for commercial broadcasting stations).

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