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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

The CHAIRMAN - Nationalization is not unification.

Mr CONELAN - I agree that a good service to the country has been rendered by commercial broadcasting stations. The people are divided in their preference as between the commercial stations and the national stations. Under nationalization, the stations in operation could be maintained as at present, with the exception that there would be no private ownership. The only difference would be that revenue from advertising would be used for the benefit of the people generally and would obviate the need to charge a licence-fee for the privilege of listening-in. The revenues that would accrue could be used to improve the service and to encourage local talent. The sooner that Australia emulates New Zealand's example the better it will be for every body concerned.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 62 to 65 agreed to.

Clause 66 -

A commercial broadcasting station shall be operated only by such persons as, in the opinion of the Minister, are competent to operate the station.

Amendments (by Mr. Beasley) agreed

That the letter "a" be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following words : - " The technical equipment of a ".

That the word ", station second-occurring, be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " equipment ".

Clause, as amended, agreed to. Clauses 67 and 68 agreed to. Clause 69- (1.) The licensee of a commercial broadcasting station may broadcast advertisements. (2.) A licensee desiring to broadcast advertisements shall publish a tariff of advertising charges, and shall make his advertising service available without discrimination to any person. (3.) A licensee shall not broadcast advertisements on a Sunday except in such manner and in accordance with such conditions as are prescribed. (4.) An advertisement relating to any medicine shall not be broadcast unless the text of the proposed advertising matter has been approved in writing by the Director-General of Health or, on appeal to the Minister under this section, by the Minister. (5.) The Director-General of Health may delegate to any medical officer of a State his power under this section to approve of the text of advertising matter. (6.) Any such delegation shall be revocable in writing at will and no such delegation shall prevent the exercise of the power by the Director-General of Health. (7.) Any person may appeal to the Minister from any decision of the Director-General of Health or a delegate of the Director-General of Health.

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