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Tuesday, 23 September 1958

Dr EVATT - I should like to ask the Postmaster-General a supplementary question. Will he place before the House any official correspondence between the Australian Broadcasting Control Board and the Government or himself arising from the Government's decision in relation to the series of applications for television licences at Brisbane and Adelaide, together with any related correspondence, .so that the House may be in possession of the facts?

Mr DAVIDSON - It is quite easy to answer the question, because no correspondence has passed between me and the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. The board made a report to me, which I presented to the Government. That report has been tabled. I then announced the Government's decision.

Dr Evatt - Did not the Minister write to the board?

Mr DAVIDSON - I saw the chairman of the board personally, conveyed the Government's decision to him, and gave personal instructions as to what was to be done. Therefore, there was no need for any correspondence, and no such correspondence exists.

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