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Tuesday, 30 September 1958

Mr Ward d asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   What professional members of the Australian National University delivered broadcast addresses for the Australian Broadcasting Commission during the year 1957-58?

2.   How many broadcasts did each professor make?

3.   What payment did they receive from the Australian Broadcasting Commission?

4.   Is he able to say whether these broadcasts were prepared and recorded in university time?

Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1 and 2. The following cable sets out the names of the speakers and the number of broadcasts given: -


3.   In some cases the broadcasts were given without payment of fee; in other cases, the speakers were paid the fees normally made to speakers in the sessions concerned.

4.   From my own knowledge professors at the Australian National University do not work prescribed hours. Rather are their services expected to be, and indeed invariably are, available to carry out the activities of the university at any hour. Usually the talks are pre-recorded in the commission's Canberra studios to fit in with the convenience of the speaker and the commission's broadcast times.

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