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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator ASHLEY (New South WalesPostmasterGeneral and Minister for Information) . - The commercial stations have built up an important industry, but the threat which Senator Leckie has referred to has been hanging over their heads throughout the whole period of their operations. I do not think that the honorable senator wishes to imply that I would exercise any greater powers with regard to them than those which have been used in the past. Up to the present, the commercial stations have been working under regulations, but they are now to be given recognition by act of Parliament.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 55 to 67 agreed to.

Clause 68- (3.) The Minister may, by notice in writing, prohibit the licensee from broadcasting any matter . . .

Amendments (by Senator Ashley) agreed to -

That the words " by notice " be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " from time to time, by notice given orally, by telegram or ".

That, at the end of the clause, the following sub-clause be added: - " (4.) If any such noticeis given orally, the Minister shall forthwith confirm it in writing."

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 69 to 77 agreed to.

Clause 78 (Lights on masts).

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