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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr ROSEVEAR (Dalley) .- I do not think that we should unduly restrict the powers of the commission, in regard to engaging in subsidiary business. I cannot find a suggestion in any clause of the bill that the adoption of this new method of control will result in the reduction of the fees of listeners, or the cheapening of the general facilities for wireless. I contend that the commission should be given powers similar to those, taken by the Sydney City Council in the conduct of its electricity sales department. The council discovered that it was the cost of appliances, and not the cost of power, that restrained people from using electricity. It established its own sales branch, and in addition to bringing about a greater use of electricity by cheapening the cost of appliances, it encouraged local manufacturers to produce goods that previously were imported.

Mr Hughes - I rise to a point of order. The Minister has moved that certain words ho. omitted and others substituted. The honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Rosevear) is discussing the policy to be pursued under the clause generally. Could not that line of debate be better pursued when the suggested amendment of the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory) is being dealt with ?

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