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Tuesday, 2 June 1942

Mr JOLLY - What about bringing them under the Commonwealth Public Service Act?

Sir CHARLES MARR - The commission is only a quasi-government body. Its employees may obtain the same benefits as are open to employees of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and other bodies which are not at present under the Public Service Act.

The report shows that the committee took some pains to set out for the information of honorable members the ramifications of the Postmaster-General's Department, particularly in connexion with technical matters. Appendix 12 contains a map of Australia, giving this information. Investigations were undertaken in order to ascertain where broadcasting stations should be placed in order to give the best results. The area served by each station is shown on the map. Honorable members may be interested to read in the report that whenever a national link-.up of broadcasting stations takes place - and that happens several times each day - approximately 21,000 miles of wire is utilized, and 150 officers are in attendance. It was for that reason that the committee thought that the technical services of the commission should remain with the PostmasterGeneral's Department.

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