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Wednesday, 24 February 1971

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - I wish to direct a question to the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, ls it a fact that last weekend the Australian Broadcasting Commission programme 'Four Corners' carried a 20-minute segment which was virtually a free advertisement for a retail store in Melbourne which is quaintly titled Bourkes-ACTU? I do not cavil at competition, but does the Minister know whether this generous coverage was due to the claim of Bourkes-ACTU that it would supply retail goods more cheaply than any other store or was it merely designed to turn Mr Hawke and his fellow Socialists into little capitalists? If the former supposition is correct, in view of the fact that yesterday a large Bourke Street emporium, which shall be nameless, published an advertisement in respect of prices similar to the claim of Bourkes-ACTU, can we assume that this emporium, the name of which is ascertainable, will likewise be given 20 minutes free advertising on the ABC?

Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - I did see part of the programme to which the honourable senator refers. Part of his question has been asked in humorous vein and with goodwill, but I will certainly pass it on to the PostmasterGeneral.

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