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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator ASHLEY(New South Wales-

Postmaster-General) [10.1 a.m.]. -I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The Joint Committee on Broadcasting has recommended that the present fee of £25 per annum payable in respect of each licence for a commercial broadcasting station be continued and that, in addition, in any case where the licensee of a station makes a declaration that a profit has been made from the operation of the station, a further amount, calculated at the rate of onehalf of 1 per centum of the gross earnings of the station during the previous twelve months, shall be payable. The purpose of this bill is to give effect to the recommendation of the committee respecting an additional fee. The making of a declaration by a licensee of a commercial station as to the profits earned was provided for in the Australian Broadcasting Bill 1942 which was passed by the Senate. The present proposal was not included in that bill as the imposition of the licence-fee may be regarded as a form of taxation and, therefore, necessitated a separate bill.

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