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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator SPICER (Victoria) .- Dealing now with the restriction of political speeches and the broadcasting of political matter before an election, the proposed new clause as now drafted will, in my opinion, overcome the principal difficulty associated with the clause in its original form. If the honorable senator who has raised this question will read sub-clause 2 of the proposed new clause, he will see that the restrictions upon the broadcasting of political speeches or matters of political concern during an election campaign are greatly limited by this proposed new clause, which provides that a person shall not comment on or solicit votes for any candidate at the election.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The word " the " in paragraph a of sub-clause 2 of the proposed new clause governs the position.

Senator SPICER - That is so. The provisions of paragraphs a, b, c and d of sub-clause 2 limit the matters which may not be broadcast to matters relating to the particular election. In my opinion, that removes the difficulties to which I previously referred.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.

Clause100- (1.) A person shall not broadcast a talk on a medical subject . . .

House of Representatives' amendment No.27. - Before "A person" insert "Except as prescribed,".

Motion (by Senator Ashley) proposed -

That amendment No. 27 be agreed to.

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