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Wednesday, 30 April 1969


Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - On 27th March 1969 Senator Gair asked me the following question:

Is it a fact that under the Broadcasting and Television Act the by-election to be held in the electoral district of Curtin in Western Australia on 19th April will prevent the broadcast or telecast in Queensland during the period from 16th to 19lh April of material relating to the forthcoming Queensland State elections? Does not the Minister agree that this is an absurd situation and that it is not the first occasion when a by-election in one State has affected telecast and broadcasts of election material in other States? What is the Minister's evaluation of the clarity of reception in Perth of television images and radio broadcasts originating in Brisbane?

The Postmaster-General has now furnished me with the following information in reply: lt is a fact that under the provisions of section 116 of the Broadcasting and Television Act the broadcasting or televising of election matter, as defined in section 116(6.), by any station in Australia was prohibited from midnight on 16th April to the close of the po" for the by-election for the Commonwealth electorate of Curtin, Western

Australia, on 19th April. This had the effect that the prohibition applied to some stations which did nol provide a service to the areas in which the election was held. Any variation in the law was not possible to be effective in relation to the election referred to.







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