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Wednesday, 6 May 1942


Senator ALLAN MacDONALD (Western Australia) . - Does the definition of a medical talk in this clause include the diatribes which are usually heard over the air in the advertising of patent medicines? During the secondreading debate, I, and other honorable senators, criticized this objectionable practice. Very often the offending advertisement includes a long talk concerning the misfortunes which will befall listeners suffering from certain complaints if they do not purchase the patent medicine being advertised. Does that come within the category of a medical talk, seeing that it is a medical subject?


Senator ASHLEY (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is dealt with in clause 69.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 102 agreed to.

Clause 103- (2.) Except as otherwise prescribed by the regulations, a person shall hold a broadcast listener's licence in respect of each appliance in his possession which is capable of being used for the reception of broadcast programmes. (5.) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1905-1936, the licensee may erect and operate any appliance in respect of which a broadcast listener's licence has been granted to him and is in force. (6.) The occupier of any premises in which is installed any appliance which is capable of being used for the reception of broadcast programmes and in respect of which a broadcast listener's licence is not in force shall be guilty of an offence against this act.

Amendments (by Senator Ashley) agreed to -

That sub-clause (2.) be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following subclause: - " (2.) Except as otherwise prescribed by the regulations, a person shall hold such number of broadcast listeners' licences as is equivalent to the number of appliances in his possession which are capable of being used for the reception of broadcast programmes."

That sub-clause (5.) be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following subclause: - " (5.) The erection, maintenance or use, in pursuance of a broadcast listener's licence, under this act, of an appliance capable of bring used for the reception of broadcast programmes shall be deemed not to be in contravention of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1905-1936 or the regulations thereunder."

That in sub-clause (6.) the words "in which is installed " be left out with a view to insert in lien thereof the words " or place in which there is ".

That the following sub-clause be added to the clause: - " (8.) Any person who, without reasonable excuse (proof whereof shall lie upon him) -

(c)   is in occupation of any premises or place, or part of any premises or place, in which there is. any appliance capable of being used for the reception of broadcast programmes, and who doesnot, on demandby an authorized officer. forthwith produce, or cause to be produced, a. broadcast listener's licence authorizing the erection and operation of the appliance, which was in force at the time the appliance was established, erected, maintained or used by, in the possession of, or in the premises or place, or part of the premises or place, occupied by. the person, shall be guilty of an offence against this act."







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