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Thursday, 26 February 1959

Mr CALWELL - Seeing that the PostmasterGeneral is in good voice and form, I shall ask him a question without notice and not by pre-arrangement. Will the PostmasterGeneral examine the purchase of shares by Brisbane T.V. Limited, the company which owns the licence to operate television station BT07, Brisbane, in Television Corporation Limited, operator of television station TCN-9 Sydney; and also the purchase of shares by the same company, Brisbane T.V. Limited, in Television Corporation, a holding company of Brisbane T.V. Limited? Will he say whether these and other deals, which further strengthen the interlocking of shareholdings in television, radio and newspaper companies, which have taken place recently, or are in contemplation, are not violations of the Broadcasting Act and a further illegal extension of the monopolistic practices of the carefully selected and lucky few who have been so greatly enriched by being given television broadcast licences from among the Government's closest and most loyal supporters?

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