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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator DARCEY (Tasmania) . - Sub-clause 2 of this clause states -

The Minister may require any applicant for a licence for a commercial broadcasting station to furnish such particulars as he thinks fit.

Last week I brought to the notice of the Senate the way in which radio can be used for either good or evil. I have been asked by an influential body in Melbourne to bring to the notice of the Minister the advisability of granting licences to persons who are determined to educate children away from war as children of this generation have been trained in other countries. The clause seems to give a great deal of power to the Minister, and I hope that he will take notice of my remarks.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 53 -

Notwithstanding anything contained in the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1905-1936, the licensee of a commercial broadcasting station may erect and operate the station in accordance with the terms and conditions of the licence.

Amendment (by Senator Ashley) agreed to-

That the clause be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following new clause: - " 53. - The establishment, erection, maintenance or use, in pursuance of a licence granted under this Part, of a commercial broadcasting station shall be deemed not to be in contravention of the Wireless Telegraphy Ant 1905-1036 or the regulations thereunder.".

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 54 (Period of licence and renewals thereof).

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