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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator AMOUR (New South Wales) . - The Joint Committee on Broadcasting represented that such bodies ought to be appointed to judge the actions of those persons who use the microphone to broadcast subtle jokes, some of which are nauseating to the public. The committee recommended that certain penalties should be imposed, and that when the Minister wished to exercise his power to penalize an individual or a station, his decision should be referred to an advisory committee. It was then pointed out that the only advisory committee that functioned was in Western Australia, and that although committees had been appointed in the other States, they were not functioning. The Australian Federation of Commercial Broadcasting Stations contended that it was wrong that a charge against them should be referred to a committee appointed by the Australian Broadcasting Commission. As a result, the committee agreed that the new committees should consist of seven persons. It was thought that there would be one representative from the Postal Department, one from the commercial stations, and one from the Australian Broadcasting Commission, so that unless four representatives of the public were added-, unfair decisions might be made. I am of opinion, and the committee should be also, that a competent body should be appointed in each State because the penalties imposed, although they are. not so heavy as I should like them to be, are nevertheless very drastic. Before they are enforced, they will be submitted to a committee, which will report to the Minister on the action to be taken. .The committees will have other duties, but that will be their most important function.

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