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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Minister for Immigration arid Minister for. Information) . - This clause is identical with a provision in the Australian Broadcasting Commission Act. The Commonwealth Government does not accept any liability in respect of local rates, or State taxes on land, and so on, but in practice the Australian Broadcasting Commission does make an ex gratia payment to many local governing authorities throughout the Commonwealth, and it will be competent for the proposed commission to do the same. That is a matter for the commission to determine. I have no doubt that when that body has been established its members will read the remarks made by honorable members during the course 'of this debate, in order to ascertain the will of the Parliament in regard to cognate matters which will be subject to their decision. Personally, I have no objection to the suggestion of the honorable member for Warringah (Mr. Spender). What has been done by the Australian Broadcasting Commission will probably .be done by the proposed commission also.

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