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Thursday, 7 July 1949

Mr ACTING DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr. Sheehy) - Order! That has nothing to do with the subject of the bill.

Mr ANTHONY - I am dealing with the principle of developing improved community facilities. I do not intend to. labour the point, but it is relevant inasmuch as it demonstrates how the public interest can be ill-served by legislation similar to the bill that we are now considering. The Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Menzies) and other honorable members, including the honorable member for Eden-Monaro (Mr. Fraser), have expressed the hope that the bill has not been designed to prohibit permanently the introduction of re-diffusion services. I hope that the Minister for Information (Mr. Calwell) will be able to reassure us on that point. Improvements of the nature of re-diffusion are continually taking place in this electrical age, and the people of Australia are entitled to enjoy the benefit of those improvements even though the manufacturing companies and the commercial broadcasting stations mav suffer financially in the process. Vested interests should not be allowed to hinder progress in Australia.

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