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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr HARRISON (Wentworth) . - This war ought to have taught us to protect channels of propaganda or publicity against their use by the enemy or by subversive agents. When Germany annexed Austria one of its first actions was to take oyer the Austrian broadcasting system, and to fill the air with its propaganda. I should like to know from the Minister for Supply and Development (Mr. Beasley) precisely what is meant by the phrase " shall not be admitted to the service". Does that embrace both permanent and temporary employment?

Mr Morgan - It means both.

Mr HARRISON - I do not think so. I think that, as in the Commonwealth Public Service, persons other than those set out in this clause may be employed temporarily, as artists, for instance. This clause deals only with the administrative staff, and if we keep the administration clean and essentially British we shall ensure that a British policy shall be applied.

Mr Holt - Where does this clause specify that it applies only to the administrative staff?

Mr HARRISON - The words " admitted to the service " are used. Artists are not admitted to the service. They are employed under contract or agreement, and at the termination of that contract or agreement, their services are dispensed with.

Mr Holt - What about programme directors and announcers?

Mr HARRISON - They are members of the administrative staff, and would have to be British either by birth orby naturalization.

Mr Holt - What about teachers of languages ?

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