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Wednesday, 6 May 1942


Senator SPICER (Victoria) .- I object to the argument that because a provision has been in operation in the form of a regulation, it should be passed automatically. The fact that the matter has hitherto been in the form of a regulation might not be known to most people. However, it is now being embodied in an act of Parliament, and will therefore be readily accessible to every one. I find it difficult to combat the arguments advanced by Senator Leckie that this provision is expressed in such wide terms as to prevent the Herald newspaper, for instance, from publishing items which have been broadcast over that newspaper's own broadcasting station.


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - They are not allowed to do so now.


Senator Leckie - But they do it.


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The Postmaster-General's Department would soon intervene if that were the case.


Senator Leckie - How do they get their news items?


Senator Gibson - They pay a huge sum annually for a cable service.


Senator SPICER - I should have thought that it frequently happens that a message appears in a newspaper in the form in which it has been broadcast over the air.


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The Postmaster-General's Department is constantly on watch in order to see that the telegraphic revenue does not suffer.

Clause agreed to.

Cla n? p 101 (Medical talks).







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