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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator ALLAN MacDONALD (Western Australia) .- When the bill was before the committee previously we had great difficulty in providing for the treatment of political speeches two days preceding the date of an election. On reading the amendment of the House of Representatives, I do not see that that difficulty has been overcome. Let us suppose that during the five weeks preceding a Commonwealth election there were two or three by-elections for a State Parliament. That would mean that on two days out of every week the broadcasting of speeches in connexion with a Commonwealth election would be prohibited. It will be seen that, because of a State by-election, there may be interference with a general election for the

National Parliament.

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