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Friday, 11 September 1942


Senator ASHLEY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Information) - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : - 1 and 2. The committee was appointed by resolution of the Parliament on the 3rd September, 1942. However, following the submission to the Government of the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Broadcasting, and pending the meeting of the Parliament, it was agreed on the 5th July, 1942, between the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and myself, that the standing committee should function forthwith, in order that certain matters should be investigated without delay.

3.   There have been sixteen meetings, at eight of which evidence was taken. In addition, there have been five days upon which evidence was taken, apart from meetings of the committee.

4.   Fees - nil : travelling allowances has been paid at the uniform rate for members of parliamentary committees of £2 2s. a day for members and £2 10s. a day for the chairman for days upon which they were absent from their place of residence on official business of the committee. Other expenses include salaries of the secretary and typist, as well as incidentals (car hire, £1 8s.; fares £5 17s., &c), totalling £26 8s.6d. The salary of the secretary, who is an officer of the PostmasterGeneral's Department, was paid by that department pending finalization of administrative arrangements for the committee, and will be the subject of a claim for recovery. Salary expenses on this basis, including those of typist, were £176 for twelve weeks following the passing of the act. Travelling allowance paid for the staff totals £501s. 7d.

5.   No, but certain matters have been referred by me to this committee for consideration.







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