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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) .- I regret that the Postmaster-General (Mr. Fenton) has changed his mind in regard to the provisions now under discussion. Originally, the bill provided that the Minister should control the hours of wire.less service. The British Government has control of that important matter. The Government should determine the hours during which wireless broadcasting shall be permitted over the national network; because it will have to meet the running costs. It is conceivable, though I do not say that it is probable, that the new broadcasting commission may extend the hours of service. I believe that even now our A class stations are on the air longer than the stations controlled by the British Broadcasting Corporation. No one is better able than the Minister and hi? advisers to determine the period during which broadcasting shall be permitted, and the DOWer to do so should be left in their hands, as originally proposed.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 17 -

Subject to tl,is act, the commission may do such acts and things as it deems incidental oi conducive to the proper exploitation of those things which may be beneficial to broadcast programmes, hut shall not engage in any subsidiary business which, in the opinion of the

Minister, is not desirable or necessary for the purpose for which the commission, was established.

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