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Thursday, 12 November 1964


Senator HANNAN - Has the attention of the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral been directed to an appeal by the Leader of the Australian Labour Party, Mr. Calwell, for free time on commercial television channels during the coming election campaign because, as he has said, the Labour Party does not have funds to match those of the hidden persuaders of the Liberal Party, whoever they may be? Has the Minister observed that the report of the Aus tralian Broadcasting Control Board shows that during the last Federal election campaign the Labour Party had 42 per cent, of the total time made available on metropolitan commercial stations compared with only 24.3 per cent, by the Liberal Party?

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT. - Order! The honorable senator is giving information. I ask him to frame his question.


Senator HANNAN - Has the Minister observed that the ratio of time on television between the Australian Labour Party and the Liberal Party, as disclosed in the report of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, is almost two to one? If this is so, would this not appear to make arrant nonsense of the honorable gentleman's statement?







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