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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) (Minister for Supply and Development) . - The phraseology of the corresponding section in the existing act has been altered in order to indicate the precise nature of the financial statements which the commission is required to submit. For that reason, the words " statement of income and expenditure " have been inserted in sub-clause 1 in lieu of the words " profit and loss statement ", which now appear in the act. The same clause also provides, in conformity with recommendation No. 3 of the Joint Committee on Broadcasting, that the commission shall include in its annual report particulars of cases in which power has been exercised under clauses 23 and 49, and also of any cases in which instructions have been received by methods not in accordance with the new provision. Honorable members will recall that clause 23 provides that the commission shall broadcast free of charge from all of the national broadcasting stations, or from such of them as are specified by the Minister, any matter the broadcasting of which is directed by the Minister in writing as being in the public interest. Clause 49 empowers the Minister to require the commission to refrain from broadcasting any matter. In each instance, the commission is bound to include in its report details of such directions which it receives from the Minister. This provision will enable a close check to be kept upon any action that the Min ister may feel disposed to take under clauses 23 and 49. I am prepared to accept the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 51 agreed to.

Clause 52 - (1.) The Minister may grant to any person a licence for a commercial broadcasting station in accordance with the form determined by the Minister.

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