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Thursday, 27 April 1961

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Postmaster-General relating to the use of television for debates upon matters of public importance, particularly the referendum in New South Wales on the question of the abolition of the Legislative Council. Is it desirable that there should be debates between the leaders of the two sides so that their arguments on the merits of their cases may be put before the electors? Is it a fact that on at least one commercial television station the advocates of the case for " No " came forward for debate and the advocates of the case for " Yes " refused to meet them?

Mr Bryant - I rise to order. The PostmasterGeneral is not answerable in respect of the referendum in New South Wales. Therefore, I submit that the honorable member's question is out of order.

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