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Wednesday, 28 May 1969

Senator COHEN (Victoria) - I am wondering whether the Minister can take any further the matter that she referred to in answer to the query from Senator McClelland. She will recall that I did raise this question this morning in my second reading speech-

Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin - And i answered before the honourable senator returned to the Senate.

Senator COHEN - I beg the Minister's pardon. I am sorry; I did not hear it. I still do not understand what it is precisely that has given rise to this amendment at this stage in this Bill.

Senator Little - It is probably the jamming of radio stations.

Senator COHEN - I would like the Minister to reply.

Senator DameANNABELLE RANKIN (Queensland - Minister for Housing) [4.30] - Representations were made to the PostmasterGeneral (Mr Hulme) by the broadcasters themselves after cases, such as I have referred to, at Mount Isa, at Hobart and at Shepparton, were in fact circum stances of interference by unauthorised persons entering stations did occur. Because this matter was brought to the attention of the Postmaster-General and because these requests were made, this amendment has been proposed in the Bill now before the Senate.

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