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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) (12:49 PM) . - I am not happy about sub-clause 2. It will be impossible to administer it satisfactorily.

Mr Calwell - It has always been in the Australian Broadcasting Commission Act.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - Not to my knowledge.

Mr Calwell - But it has been there, nevertheless.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - It will be utterly impossible to carry it out according to its literal interpretation. For instance, Station 2CH is conducted by the Council of Churches. What will happen if members of the liquor trade insist on advertising over that station? Popular stations, which will charge the highest advertising rates, will receive more requests for advertising time than they can possibly grant. Therefore, the allotment of time must lead to discrimination between would-be advertisers. I cannot see why a broadcasting station should be in any different position from a newspaper. We have no law to compel a newspaper to accept advertisements, and I have never heard it suggested that a newspaper should be compelled to accept any advertisement offered to it. I cannot see why a radio station should be compelled to do so. The sub-clause would be adequate if the final words were deleted so that it would read as follows : -

A licensee desiring to broadcast advertisements shall publish a tariff of advertising charges.

As it stands, it will only lead to administrative trouble in the future.

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