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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator ASHLEY (New South Wales) (Postmaster-General and Minister for Information) . - I point out the difficulties that would be involved in policing the scheme suggested by Senator Spicer. Take for instance the Corowa station, which is in New South Wales near the Victorian boundary and serves nearly the whole of Victoria. If an election were held in Victoria, and the broadcasting of political matter were still permitted in New South Wales, matter relating to that election could be broadcast to Victoria from that station.

Senator Spicer - I did not suggest anything like that.

Senator ASHLEY - We cannot place a wire fence around broadcasting. At night it is possible to pick up broadcasts from almost every State in Australia on the one receiving set. That shows how difficult it would be to police the honorable senator's suggestion. Therefore, I ask the committee to accept the proposed clause as I have submitted it. I have investigated this matter with the Joint Committee on Broadcasting, and I consider that we have arrived at a fair compromise in the proposed new clause which I have submitted.

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