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Wednesday, 4 December 1935

Senator ARKINS (New South Wales) . - I wish to bring under the notice of the Postmaster-General (Senator A. J. McLachlan) a subject of much importance in connexion with the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has had Mr. W. J. Grieves as its leader for practically the whole of its existence. Mr. Grieves is a man of high musical attainments, and has occupied a number of important positions in the musical world. During the Blanche Arral season, he conducted the orchestra as leader and deputy leader. He was also deputy leader and, later, lender of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Amateur Orchestra and the Sydney Philarmonic Society's Orchestra. He was also leader and first violinist of the orchestra during the Sheffield Choir Festival, and acted in a similar capacity during the Quinlan Opera. Company's production of the Wagnerian operas in " The Ring " and other grand operas. He aipo held a. similar position in the New South Wales State Orchestra, immediately succeeding the Verbruggen regime.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I rise to a point of order. The subject referred to by the honorable senator is in no way related to item E4 of division No. 127, which has relation to special work done by the Postmaster-General's Department in connexion with the scientific aspects of radio. The Postal Department has on its staff a number of highly trained experts in radio, whose salaries are covered by this item. I submit that at this stage the honorable senator is not in order.

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