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Friday, 6 March 1942
Page: 245

Mr HARRISON - I link what I have read to the instructions that are alleged to have been issued to the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

Mr Curtin - There is something of the' Pharisee about the honorable member.

Mr HARRISON - That communication brought another letter from the lady to my colleague, the honorable member for Fawkner, which contained the following footnote: - 1 wrote about this before and have your answer of 20th January. I might add that while violent attacks on the British Government were going on on the national stations the Watchman reported that " rigid- restrictions " prevented him making any reference to the subJect.

Surely, in the light of what I have revealed, this whole subject requires investigation and discussion by members of the Parliament. Had honorable members opposite been sitting in opposition when things like this had happened, one of them would have moved the adjournment of the House in order to discuss the subject. They all would have strongly resisted any effort to restrict the broadcasting of overseas news. The fact is that at present there is a restriction of overseas news on the A class stations and it is possible to pick up the news on 2GB at the immediate point of interruption on the A class stations. Yet an agreement was reached between A class and B class stations that there would be no cutting down of overseas news. Why should the Government deny to people the right to hear expressions of opinion in respect of the British Government broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation?

Mr Conelan - I rise to a point of order. The Prime Minister - has moved a motion for the adjournment of the House to a specified date. I submit that the remarks of the honorable member for Wentworth have nothing whatever to do with that motion. His long-winded statements are quite wide of the mark.

Mr Curtin - Let the honorable gentleman go on.

Mr Conelan - My view is that his remarks are entirely irrelevant.

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