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Tuesday, 25 October 1949

Mr Hamilton n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice) -

1.   How many licences were granted in the various States for the importation of (a) corrugated galvanized iron; (6) fencing wire, plain and barbed, and (c) wire netting during the year ended December, 1948, and for the first nine months of 1949?

2.   What quantity of each commodity was involved in each instance?

Mr. POLLARD- The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following information: -

The details supplied hereunder cover licences approved for the period the 1st January, 1949, to the 30th September, 1949, inclusive. Details for year ended December, 1949, are not readily available. The information in respect of galvanized iron sheets covers both corrugated and plain (separate records of each have not been kept).

Most of the licences approved for these materials have been taken out in Sydney and Melbourne for distribution to all States and details of licences issued in various States will not give a true indication of the quantity of material to be shipped to each State. It is felt that an equitable distribution is being made by importers.


Mr Calwell l. - On the 20th October, the honorable member for Bourke (Mrs. Blackburn) asked the Prime Minister -

In the absence of the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, I address my question to the Prime Minister. Will the right honorable gentleman confer -with the PostmasterGeneral to prevent a repetition of the infringement of section 89 (2.) of the Australian Broadcasting Act that occurred during the recent by-election; the date of the infringement being the 15th July! Is the right honorable gentleman aware that, following the infringement of the act to which I nave referred, which has not been denied by the Australian Broadcasting Board, the board decided to take no action against the radio station that infringed the act? Will he make representations to the Postmaster-General and to the board in order to ensure that provisions of the act will be observed during the forthcoming election?

The Postmaster-General has supplied the following information: -

An alleged infringement of the Australian Broadcasting Act arising out of a broadcast on the 15th July last was brought under the notice of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, which investigated the matter and found that within the period of two days immediately preceding the date of a by-election in Victoria, political matter was broadcast by a Victorian station in contravention of section 89 (2.) of the act. The board, after full investigation, was satisfied that the circumstances in which the contravention occurred -were such that it was accidentally and not deliberately committed. The offending station expressed regret at the incident and gave an assurance of future compliance with the provisions of the act. The board accepted the assurance and informed the station that more care should be exercised in future in respect of such broadcasts.

Services Canteens Trust Fund. Mr. Chambers. - On the 5th October, the honorable member for Franklin. (Mr. Falkinder) asked a question regarding the alleged dissatisfaction of several exservicemen's organizations with the allocation of money from the Services Can teens Trust Fund and requested that I prepare a statement indicating on what principle this money is distributed and inform him why several ex-servicemen's organizations have not received anything from this fund. I now confirm what I said before that no complaints have been received from any ex-servicemen's organization since the Services Canteens Trust Fund commenced to function on the 30th June, 1947. Although times are good it has been necessary to spend £189,550 in providing relief for exmembers of the Army, Navy and Air Force and their dependants. As assets of the war-time canteens services are valued they are being, transferred to the Services Canteens Trust Fund, which already has £4,948,000 in hand. The total fund will be a little over £5,000,000. Half of this will be set aside for assisting the education of children of ex-servicemen and the trust is now considering a number of education awards, commencing from the year 1950, which will provide grants of sums varying from £5 up to £200 annually. The trustees are all exservicemen and so are the regional committees which have been set up in each of the States to conduct the local administration. They have all been appointed on the nomination of ex-servicemen's organizations.

Land Settlement of Ex-Servicemen.

Mr Dedman n. - On the 4th October, the honorable member for Corangamite (Mr. McDonald) asked me a question about expenditure in connexion with agricultural re-establishment loans and allowances and war service land settlement. As promised I have had a detailed statement prepared which sets out the information requested by him as follows : -





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