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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator HERBERT HAYS (Tasmania) . - I understand that four members of each of the proposed advisory committees will be chosen from the public. I should like to know how they will be chosen, by whom they will be chosen, and from which sections of the community they will be selected. Will certain organizations have an opportunity to make nominations to the Minister? I suggest to the Minister that among the four should be a representative of the churches, which are extremely interested in the work, and collectively support it. They have a right to some voice in the broadcasting business. The Council of Churches, or some other representative church body, should be given the opportunity to make nominations.

Senator McLEAY(South Australia). | 9.47] . - The committee ought to be given more information as to the constitution of the proposed advisory committees. The Minister has told us of three sections to be represented, but it seems to me that the size of a committee will be out of proportion to the work it will do. It will consist of seven members, although the Australian Broadcasting Commission will consist of only five members. It will be far too large, and the largest committee I could suggest would be a committee of five, seeing that the commission consists of only five members.

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