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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Bill returned from the House of Representatives with amendments.

In committee(Consideration of House of Representatives' amendments) :

Clause 3 -

This act is divided into parts as follows: -

Part III. - The Commercial Broadcasting Service -

Division 1. - Licences.

Division 2. - Limitation on Ownership or Control of Broadcasting Stations owned or controlled by one Person.

Souse of Representatives' amendment No.1. - Leave out "Broadcasting Stations owned or controlled by one Person ", insert " commercial broadcasting stations ".

Clause 4 -

In this act, unless the contrary intention appears - " Commercial broadcasting station " means a broadcasting station in respect of which a licence has been granted by the Minister. "The Minister" shall be the PostmasterGeneral ;

House of Representatives' amendment No.

2.   - Leave out " in respect of which a licence has been granted by the Minister ", insert " other than a national broadcasting station ".

House of Representatives' amendment No.

3.   - Leave out " shall be ", insert " means ".

Clause 17 - (1.) The commission shall appoint a general manager and such other officers and such servants as it thinks necessary.

House of Representatives' amendment No.

4.   - After "manager" insert "who shall be the chief executive officer of the commission".

Clause 19 -

For the purpose of the exercise of its powers and functions under this act, the commission may compile, prepare, issue, circulate and distribute, whether gratis or otherwise, in such manner as it thinks fit, such papers, magazines, periodicals, books, pamphlets, circulars and other literary matter as it thinks fit (including the programmes of national broadcasting stations and other stations) :

House of Representatives' amendment No.

5.   - After " other " insert " broadcasting ".

Motion (by Senator Ashley) agreed to -

That amendments Nos. 1 to 5 be agreed to.

Clause 27 - (1.) There shall be an Australian Broadcasting Commission Fund into which shall be paid from time to time an amount which represents such portion of the fees received from broadcast listeners' licences as is fixed by or under this act.

(2.) . . .

(a)   If the full fee has been paid for the licence, eleven pence for each calendar month after the thirtieth day of

June, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two. during which the licence is in force; and

(b)   If only half the full fee has been paid for the licence, five pence halfpenny for each calendar month after the thirtieth day of June One thousand nine hundred and fortytwo, during which the licence is in force.

House of Representatives' amendment No.

6.   - After " time to time " insert " out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is hereby appropriated accordingly,".

House of Representatives' amendment No.

7.   - Leave out paragraphs (a) and (b) , insert the following paragraphs: - "(a) If the fee paid for the licence is Twenty shillings or Fourteen shillings - eleven pence for each calendar month after the thirtieth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two. during which the licence is in force:

(b)   If the fee paid for the licence is Ten shillings or Seven shillings - five pence half-penny for each such calendar month ; and

(c)   If the fee paid for the licence is Five shillings or Three shillings and six pence-three pence for each such calendar month.".







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