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Thursday, 30 June 1949

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) - The Australian Broadcasting Commission does not broadcast to displaced persons' camps, but Radio Australia does so, and it is on the air 24 hours a day. It beams its messages to all parts of the globe and in many languages. It is doing what the honorable member suggests the Australian Broadcasting Commission should do. It is helping to teach the new Australians to speak English. The reception of the programmes is generally good. Appreciative messages are received daily from the people in the displaced persons' camps. They are glad to be in Australia and they welcome the help that Radio Australia is giving them to learn our language.

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