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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr JOLLY (Lilley) (2:10 AM) This clause forms one of several relating to the establishment of the proposed Parliamentary Standing Committee on Broadcasting, and, before we proceed to consider it, we should know from the Minister in charge of the bill (Mr. Beasley) what attitude he proposes to adopt on clause 93, which limits the functions of the committee to furnishing reports on matters referred to it by either House of Parliament or by the Minister on the request of the commission or the Australian Federation of Commercial Broadcasting Stations.

Mr Holt - That is sufficient.

Mr JOLLY - Yes; but if the experience of other committees of this Parliament is any guide, the standing committee will have very little work to do. The Public Works Committee is in that position. I want to be clear that this standing committee shall not interfere in any way with the administration of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

Sir Frederick Stewart - It can only report to the Minister and to Parliament, and, if it makes recommendations involving interference with the administration of the commission and Parliament gives effect to them, interference will take place.

Mr JOLLY - The joint committee has recommended that the first object of the standing committee's attention should be the A.B.C. Weekly. If the committee interfered with the publication of that journal, that would constitute inter ference with the administration of the commission.

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