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Wednesday, 6 May 1942


Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- The proposition of the PostmasterGeneral (Senator Ashley), if agreed to, will make this chamber look ridiculous. He has merely said that the matter will be looked into; but we have not been given a guarantee that the clause will be amended. This matter has been looked into on two occasions, and it has been made twice as bad as it was originally. The Postmaster-General tas asked the Committee to agree to a ridiculous proposition. If we do so, I have uo doubt that the members of the House of Representatives will say to themselves : " Look what the Senate passed ".


Senator Ashley - The procedure, I suggest, was followed on many occasions by the previous Government.


Senator LECKIE - This proposition will make the Senate look ridiculous. We should not be asked to make a poppy show of ourselves. It should not be difficult for the PostmasterGeneral to say in respect of any election held in Queensland or New South Wales that no matter of a political character shall be broadcast on specified days; but it is another matter entirely to say that in respect of other States Commonwealth broadcasts on political subjects, or even broadcasts dealing with external politics, such as British politics, shall be banned for 120 days in the year. I ask the Minister to withdraw the clause.







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