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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr RIORDAN (Kennedy) . - The honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Francis) shed crocodile tears over the plight of the young amateur who will be required to pay 10s. a year licence-fee for his set. One would imagine from listening to him that it was 10s. a day instead of 10s. a year. We should not forget that all the revenue received by the commission is expended upon provid ing a service for listeners. The commission makes no profit. This is not a new principle. It has been applied in Canada, where the fee for the first set is five dollars, and for all additional sets two and a half dollars. The revenue from the additional sets represents three per cent, of the total revenue of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. If a family can afford to have two or more receiving sets, why should it not pay fees in respect of them?

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