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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr JOLLY (Lilley) .- I should Like to know whether the Australian Broadcasting Commission has adopted the practice that has been adopted by the Commonwealth Bank. Although the bank is exempt from rates and taxes, it makes an ex gratia payment to the local government authorities equal to the amount that would otherwise be assessed against it. It is only fair that the local authorities, which have to carry out a definite civic service, should receive some payment.

Mr Blackburn - Why should the commission be exempt at all?

Mr JOLLY - I am not in favour of that, but the clause makes the commission exempt. I assume that the commission does own freehold property. Does it make ex gratia payments to the local government authorities? From my own experience, I know that the Commonwealth Bank always paid to the Brisbane City Council a sum equal to the amount which it would have had to pay in rates had it not been exempt. A trading concern such as the Australian Broadcasting Commission should make some contribution to the municipal authorities.

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