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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr ROSEVEAR (Dalley) .- Sub-clause 2 of this clause provides that for the year commencing on the 1st July, 1932, the portion of fees received from each broadcast listener's licence-fee by the commission shall be 12s. in respect of each fee and that -

This amount shall bc continued to be paid in each subsequent year unless some other amount is fixed by the Minister.

It appears to me that this is the only place in this bill where we may insert a provision which will ensure that the listeners will receive some advantage if this new scheme of control is successful. Presumably it is contemplated that a reduction in the amount paid to the commission from licence-fees may be possible. If that is so, the listeners should receive the advantage of it. For this reason I move -

That the following words be added to subclause 2: - " and "in the event of the Minister reducing this amount, the fees charged to the licence-holder shall bo reduced to this extent".

Honorable members will surely agree that if a reduction is made in the amount payable to the commission a similar reduction should be made in the licence-fee.

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