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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator FOLL (Queensland) . - I wish to refer to a matter affecting certain B class stations which I raised yesterday at question time, and I should be pleased to receive an assurance from the Postmaster -General (Senator Ashley) that he, in conjunction with the Treasurer, will investigate this matter. I am aware that B class stations broadcasting over huge areas in Queensland that are not provided for satisfactorily by the national stations are rendering excellent service, and it would be disastrous if these stations were forced to go off the air. For security reasons, these stations are restricted to broadcasting in the hours of daylight. Honorable senators who are acquainted with the problems of B class stations will realize that the hours of darkness are the most profitable for broadcasting. The restriction necessarily enforced by war conditions deprives B class stations of the most profitable hours for broadcasting, and this matter should be considered by the Government. I hope that the Government will not delay in the preparation of a formula under which these B class stations will be granted some compensation for the loss of the broadcasting hours which would be more profitable to them than the hours to which their services are now restricted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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