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Wednesday, 3 June 1942


Mr SHEEHAN (Cook) .- This clause reads -

The commission shall endeavour to establish and utilize, in such manner as it thinks desirable in order to confer the greatest benefit on broadcasting, groups of musicians for the rendition of orchestral, choral and band music of high quality.

I should like to have the word "Australian " inserted before the word "musicians". Local talent is disregarded in this country. Insertion of the word "Australian" will at least ensure that there shall be some Australians in the groups.


Mr Blackburn - Does not clause 96 cover the honorable gentleman's point?


Mr SHEEHAN - Yes, but I want to ensure that there shall be some Australians employed in these groups of musicians.


Mr Spender - " Groups of musicians " would cover Australians.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 27- (1.) There shall be an Australian Broadcasting Commission Fund into which shall be paid from time to time an amount which represents such portion of the fees received from broadcast listeners' licences as is fixed by or under this act. (2.) The amount referred to in the last preceding sub-section shall, in respect of the licence fee received in respect of each broadcast listener's licence in force on or after the first day of July, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two, be as follows: -

(a)   If the full fee has been paid for the licence, elevenpence for each calendar month after the thirtieth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two, during which the licence is in force; and

(b)   If only half the full fee has been paid for the licence, five pence halfpenny for each calendar month after the thirtieth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two, during which the licence is in force.







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