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Wednesday, 3 June 1942


Senator ASHLEY (New South WalesPostmasterGeneral) . - I move -

That amendments Nos. 6 and 7 be agreed to.


Senator E B Johnston - Does that effect any change?


Senator ASHLEY - No. In order to make some allowance for the less reliable service available to listeners resident at great distances from broadcasting stations, fees for listeners' licencesare based on a zoning system. Zone 1, as will be observed from clause 103, is defined as the territory within an approximate radius of 250 miles from any broadcasting station which the Minister specifies. In practice, it is the area within approximately 250 miles of every national broadcasting transmitter. The remainder of the Commonwealth is regarded as being in zone 2. The fee for a listener's licence is at present £1 in zone 1 and 14s. in zone 2, but, under clause 104, provision is now being made for a reduced fee at the rate of 10s. per annum for zone 1 and 7s. for zone 2 for each receiver in excess of one owned by any person.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Clause31 (l.) For the purpose of enabling the commission to defray any expenses incidental to its establishment and operation, the Treasurer may advance such amounts not exceeding in all the sum of £30,000 as are, in the opinion of the Minister, required by the commission.

House of Representatives' amendment No. 8,- After "advance", insert ", out of the Consolidated Kevenue Fund, which is hereby appropriated accordingly,".

Clauses 36 to 43 (Division 4. - Issue of debentures by the commission).

House of Representatives' amendment No. 9.- Leave out the clauses.

Clause 50 - (1 . ) The commission shall, as soon as possible after the expiration of each financial year, prepare a statement of income and expenditure . . .

House of Representatives' amendment No.10. - After" possible ", insert ", but not later than six months,".

Clause 52- ( 1.)The Ministermay grant to any person a licence for a commercial broadcasting station in accordance with the form determined by the Minister.

House of Representatives' amendment No.11- After "station" insert "upon the conditions and ".

Clause 56 - ( 1. )T here shall be payable in respect of every licence for a commercial broadcasting station for each year or part of a year during which the licence is in force a licence fee as prescribed by the Commercial Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Act 1942.

House of Representatives' amendment No.12 - Leave out sub-clause (1.), insert the following sub-clause: - " (1.) There shall be payable by the licensee in respect of a licence for a commercial broadcasting station granted or renewed under this act, for each year or part of a year of the currency of the licence or renewal, the fee prescribed by the Commercial Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Act 1942.".

Clause 58 - ( 1 . ) Except with the consent in writing of the Minister, a licensee of a commercial broadcasting station shall not transfer the licence or assign, sublet or otherwise dispose of the licence or admit any other person to participate in any of the benefits of the licence, or to exercise any of the powers or authorities granted by the licence. (2.) Where, with the consent in writing of the Minister, any licence for a commercial broadcasting station is transferred, assigned or sublet . . . the application of the provisions of this act relating to licensees of commercial broadcasting stations shall extend to that person as if he were the licensee, and any reference in this act to the licensee of a commercial broadcasting station shall, in respect of that station, be read as including a reference to that person.

House of Representatives' amendment No.13 - At the end of the clause add the following proviso: - "Provided that the perfor mance by the licensee or that person of any obligation imposed upon the licensee by any provision of this act shall, to the extent of that performance, release both the licensee and that person from the obligation.".

Clause 66-

A commercial broadcasting station shall be operated only by such persons as, in the opinion of the Minister, are competent to operate the station.

House of Representatives' amendment No.14 - Leave out " A ", insert " The technical equipment of a".

House of Representatives' amendment No.15 - Leave out " station", second occurring, insert " equipment ".

Clause 69- (2.) A licensee desiring to broadcast advertisements shall publish a tariff of advertising charges, and shall make his advertising service available without discrimination to any person. - (3.) A licensee shall not broadcast advertisements on a Sunday except in such manner and in accordance with such conditions as are prescribed. (4.) An advertisement relating to any medicine shall not be broadcast unless the text of the proposed advertising matter has been approved . . .

House of Representatives' amendment No.16 - After "and", sub-clause (2.), insert " , except as prescribed,".

House of Representatives' amendment No.17 - Leave out " are prescribed ", sub-clause (3.), insert "the Minister determines".

House of Representatives' amendment No.18 - Before "an", sub-clause (4.), insert " except as prescribed,".

Clause 75 - (1.) The licensee of a commercial broadcasting station shall -

(d)   within one month after the thirtieth day of June in each year, furnish to the Minister a statutory declaration stating -

(i)   whether the operations of the station during the year ended on that date resulted in a profit or otherwise; and

(ii)   the gross earnings of the station during that year; and

House of Representatives' amendment No. 19 - Leave out "one month", paragraph (d), insert "three months".

House of Representatives' amendment No.20 - After "profit", sub-paragraph (i), insert " to the person operating the station ".

House of Representatives' amendment No.21 - Leave out "of the station during that year", sub-paragraph (ii), insert from the operations of the station during that year, of the person operating the station ".

Clause 76 -

The licensee of a commercial broadcasting station shall, at all times, keep the Minister indemnified against any claim for royalties in respect of any equipment operated under bis licence, or against any claims whatsoever arising out of the licensee's operations.

House of Representatives' amendment No.22 - Leave out "or", insert "and".

Clause 79-

Any notice, request, or consent (whether expressed to be in writing or not) to be given or made under any of the provisions of this Fart, by or for the Minister, may be under the hand of any authorized officer, and may be served on the licensee of a commercial broadcasting station by sending it by registered letter addressed to the licensee at the usual or last-known place of residence or business of the licensee, and any notice to be given by a licensee may be served by sending it by registered letter addressed to the Director-General at. his official address within Australia, or such other officer as is prescribed.

House of Representatives' amendment No.23 - Leave out " request ", insert " requirement ".

House of Representatives' amendment No. 24- Leave out all words from and including "and any" to end of clause.

Clause 92 -

The powers, privileges and immunities of the committee and of its members shall, subject to this Part, be those of each of the Houses of the Parliament and of its members.

House of Representatives' amendment No.25 - At end of clause add" and its committees ".

Motion (by Senator Ashley) agreed to -

That amendments Nos. 8 to 25 be agreed to.

New clauses -

House of Representatives' amendment No.26-

After clause 96, insert the following new clauses: - "96a.. - (1.) Subject to the provisions of this; section, the commission may determine to what extent and in what manner political speeches or any matter relating to a political subject may be broadcast from national broadeasting stations, and the licensee of a commercial broadcasting station may arrange for the. broadcasting of such speeches or matter from that station. (2.) The commission or the licensee of a broadcasting station shall not, at any time prior to the close of the poll on the day on which any election for the Parliament of the Commonwealth or a State or for any House of any such Parliament or for any vacancy in any such House is held, or at any time on either of the two days immediately preceding that day, broadcast, in whole or in part, any speech or matter -

(a)   commenting on, or soliciting votes for, any candidate at the election;

(b)   commenting on, or advocating support of, any political party to which any candidate at the election belongs ;.

(c)   commenting upon, stating or indicating any of the issues being submitted to the electors at the election or any part of the policy of any candidate at the election or of the political party to which he belongs; or

(d)   referring to any meeting held in connexion with the election. (3.) The commission or the licensee of a commercial broadcasting station shall not, at any time on or after the date of the issue of the writs and before the close of the poll for any such election, broadcast any dramatization of matter relating to any candidate, political party, issues, policy or meeting referred to in the last preceding sub-section.. 96b. - (1.) The commission, in the case of a national broadcasting station, or the licensee, in the case of a commercial broadcasting station, shall cause to be announced the true name of every speaker who is, either in person or through the agency of a sound recording device, to deliver an address or make a statement relating to a political subject or current affairs for broadcasting from the station. If the address is to be delivered or the statement is to be made on behalf of a political party, the name of the party shall be included in the announcement. (2.) The announcement shall be made at such a time and in such a manner, before and after the address or statement, as fully to disclose the identity of the speaker to any person listening to the broadcast of the address or statement. (3. ) The commission or the licensee, as the case may be, shall keep a record of the name, postal address and credentials or occupation of each such speaker, and shall furnish to the Minister any particulars of the record which the Minister by notice in writing requires.".

Motion (by Senator Ashley) proposed -

That amendment No. 26 be agreed to.







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