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Thursday, 8 October 1936

Senator ARKINS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Before appointments of musicians from overseas art made by the Australian Broadcasting Com mission, will the Postmaster-General take steps to ensure that the commission shall give full and generous consideration to the claims of highly qualified Australian musicians capable of filling the positions?

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I have no right to dictate to the Australian Broadcasting Commission in this matter. The functions of the Government are limited to approving of the appointment of the six most highly paid officers of the commission, but I know for a fact that the commission does on all occasions give the most favourable consideration to the claims of local talent when making appointments.

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