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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) . - The power to which the honorable member for Bourke (Mr. Blackburn) takes exception has been in regulations made under the Posts and Telegraph Act ever since Mahomet was a boy. The honorable member will recognize that they have never been opposed, and, as the Minister says, although they could have been challenged in this Parliament, the fact is there has been no challenge. I know of many instances of recalcitrant stations which could have been dealt with only by the exercise of that power. It is useless to say what could be done to the stations after the expiration of their licences. In the meantime they would have a jubilee. Broadcasting is a service in which a power of this sort is necessary. The only power that some people will understand is that of sudden death.

Clause agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11JH p.m. to 12,80 a.m. (Thursday).

Thursday, 4 June 1942

Clause 58 - (1.) Except with the consent in writing of the Minister, a licensee of. a commercial broadcasting station shall not transfer the licence or assign, sublet or otherwise dispose of the licence or admit any other person to participate in any of the benefits of the licence, or to exercise any of the powers or authorities granted by the licence. (2.) Where, with the consent in writing of the Minister, any licence for a commercial broadcasting station is transferred, assigned or sublet or otherwise disposed of, to any other person, or any other person is admitted to participate in the benefits of the licence or to exercise any of the powers or authorities granted by the licence, the application of the provisions of this act relating to licensees of commercial broadcasting stations shall extend to that person as if he were the licensee, and any reference in this act to the licensee of a commercial broadcasting station shall, in respect of that station, be read as including a reference to that person.

Amendment (by Mr. Beasley) agreed to-

That at the end of the clause the following proviso be added: - " Provided that the performance by the licensee or that person of any obligation imposed upon the licensee by any provision of this act shall, to the extent of that performance, release both the licensee and that person from the obligation.".

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 59 and 60 agreed to.

Clause 61 (Limitation of ownership of commercial broadcasting stations).

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