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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Mr White e asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   What is the .expenditure or proposed expenditure by the Australian Broadcasting Commission on a permanent, orchestra in Sydney ?

2.   Is it proposed to support a similar orchestra in Melbourne?

3.   What is the revenue received by the Broadcasting Commission from (a) Victoria and (6) New South Wales?

Mr Calwell - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answers : -

1.   The Australian Broadcasting Commission states that with the assistance of the NewSouth Wales Government and the Sydney Municipal Council, the commission has this year established 'a Sydney Symphony Orchestra of 82 players on a permanent basis. It is estimated that the net expenditure on this orchestra for the year ending 31 st December, 1940, will be £0(1,000, of which the commission will contribute £30,000, which figure includes a portion of the overhead expenses on the venture. The commission's contribution is the same as its expenditure on the Sydney Orchestra in 1945 when that orchestra comprised only 45 full-time players. The balance of the estimated total' expenditure for 1946 will be derived from grants made by the New South Wales Government of £20.000 and the Sydney' Municipal' Council of £10,000, which will also allow the commission free use of the Town Hall.

2.   The commission has indicated that its policy is not to increase its present' expenditure on the maintenance of its orchestras in each State as it considers it would not bc justified in devoting to such activities a larger proportion of total revenue from listeners'liceuce fees than it does at present. In conformity with this policy, the cowraission's ..r..'......'. on the Sydney . Orchestra has not been increased by arrangement with the State Government and tlie city authorities. The commission hopes, however, that it will obtain the assistance of the Victorian Government and Melbourne City Council in establishing a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ou a penna' lieut basis along, the lines of the Sydney arrangement believing this to be essential to raise the standard of that potentially Ahc orchestra tu overseas level.

3.   The revenue paid to the commission during the year ended 30th .lune, 11145, in respect o! broadcast listeners' licences was: - New South Wales, £328,874 18a. GU; Victoria, £230,084 12s. Gd. The figures for the year ended 30th June, 1040, have not yet been computed.

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