Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) .- I hope that the Minister will furnish honorable members with an explanation of the amendment. He should make it clear why the bill has been altered in this way, and in what respect the amendment is supposed to be au improvement. The honorable member for Corangamite (Mr. Gibson), who has had more experience as Postmaster-General than any other man since federation, referring the other day to sponsored programmes, said -

Unless steps are taken to control .the activities of B class stations, it would be possible for one of them to secure for, say, £3,000, the exclusive right to broadcast a test cricket match between English and Australian elevens, and the A class stations could not then broadcast a word about it except as a news item.

This is not a question of socialization or nationalization. We have already agreed that broadcasting should be under national control, just as we have agreed that posts and telegraphs should be under national control. Whether or not people, as a general rule, accept the principle of socialization, practically every one is agreed that the post office, for instance, is too great an enterprise, and too intimately associated with the public welfare, to be under private control. That being so, why should we seek to draw back now in regard to the national control of broadcasting under the plea that we are opposed to socialization? If the Post- master-General presses his amendment, broadcasting in this country is doomed to take a second place as compared with broadcasting in such countries as Great Britain, Germany and New Zealand, where the system, from which the Government now seeks to depart, is in operation. We have tried to follow the principles laid down by the British Broadcasting Corporation up to the present, and we should follow them in this.

Suggest corrections