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Thursday, 30 August 1928


Mr BRUCE - The report of the conference has been published in the press, and has been available for some weeks. It recommended the amalgamation of imperial wireless and cable interests. That recommendation can only affect Australia in so far as we are part proprietors of the Pacific Cable Company. It can have nothing to do with our agreement with Amalgamated Wireless Limited and wireless generally in Australia. Our interest is practically limited to our, general concern with cable and wireless communications throughout the Empire, and our holding in the Pacific Cable Company. In the event of the proposed merger taking place, it will be necessary for Australia to make some arrangement with Amalgamated "Wireless Limited, which handles our overseas wireless service, and with the new merger company, which would control cable services, to ensure the continuation of the cable service. If no such arrangement were made, Australia would be faced with the possibility of the cable service becoming inoperative. The whole basis of the conference was, of course, that cable communications should be preserved.







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