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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - I intended to move an amendment to this clause, but I was called away to the telephone and missed the opportunity to do so. I wish to protest, however, against the increase in the licence-fees. The Government has given a large sum to the commission by providing it with11s. in the £1 and charging a fee of 10s. on each additional set. I do not object to that charge for wireless sets on business premises or in hotels, but in the homes of the people an extra licencefee of 10s. should not be charged if there is a second receiving set or an extension of a set to another part of the premises. I know of many homes in which a new set has been purchased, and the original set has little or no value but remains in the nursery. Also, in many cases boys make crystal sets or small two-valve sets for use in their own rooms. In such instances, I think it is wrong to charge a second licence-fee, and I ask the Minister to see whether or not something can be done in this regard. I quite agree that in hotels or large blocks of flats where additional sets are installed the extra fees might be charged but not in private homes.

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