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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) (Minister for Supply and Development) (2:38 AM) . - The same point arose in connexion with clause 71 which relates to the relaying of broadcast programmes of other stations. Unless some such provision were inserted, newspapers would be able to obtain practically the whole of their news service from broadcasting stations, and thereby avoid incurring expenses for telegraph or telephone messages. The Postmaster-General's Department considers that this provision is essential. I point out to the honorable member for Parramatta (Sir Frederick Stewart) that clause 94 relates to the transmission of messages, whereas clause 99 relates to the publication of the text of items transmitted by broadcasting stations. Unless the bill included a provision of this kind the revenue of the Postmaster-General's Department would suffer severely.

Sir FREDERICKSTEWART (Parramatta [2.39 a.m.]. - My objection relates principally to such wide powers of prohibition. The clause covers the whole range of publication and I can see no reason why such comprehensive power should be necessary.

Mr Holt - Even though a reporter were present at, say, the Wesley Church pleasant Sunday afternoon service, he would not be able to make a report of it without first obtaining the consent of the speaker for the afternoon and of the station broadcasting the programme.

Sir FREDERICK STEWART - That is so. The clause would also prevent the publication in the press of broadcast speeches in an election campaign. I cannot believe that that is the object of the authorities.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 100 - (1.) A person shall not broadcast a talk on a medical subject unless the text thereof has been approved by the Director-General of Health or, on appeal to the Minister under this section, by the Minister.

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