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Wednesday, 17 September 1958

Mr WHITLAM - I direct a question to the Postmaster-General. I ask the honorable gentleman why his department has reimposed, after five years, the ban on broadcasts in foreign languages by amateur radio stations. Since only Australian citizens are allowed to operate radio stations, does the Minister believe that there can be any genuine security reason for thus isolating Australia and impeding communications between Australia and the rest of the world? If such is his belief, does his department propose to extend the ban to newspapers and letters, and telephone, telegraph and cable messages transmitted from Australia?

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