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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Mr DAVIDSON - I have to confess that my time is so fully occupied on matters of considerable import that I do not get the opportunity to read right through the television programmes or, for that matter, the broadcasting programmes of stations in Sydney or elsewhere. Therefore, I am sorry, but I do not know whether the honorable member's statement is correct. However, if the commercial stations see fit to devote the major portion of their programmes to-day or to-morrow to the televising of the Ampol golf tournament, that is their prerogative, and it is for them to choose. If they desire to do so, there is nothing to stop them. The Australian Broadcasting Commission is a statutory body which has the right to determine its own programmes, and I would do nothing whatever to alter that position. But I point out very definitely that the honorable member's use of a term which apparently charges the Australian Broadcasting Commission with commercial advertising is completely incorrect. The Australian Broadcasting Commission does no advertising whatever.

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