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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1524

Mr JARMAN (DEAKIN, VICTORIA) - What power does the Postmaster-General possess to take action against the establishment and operation of unlicensed and illegal broadcasting stations?

Sir ALAN HULME - I presume the honourable member is making reference to articles which appeared in the newspapers that a pirate radio station either within or near one of the universities in Melbourne hoped to go on air, first, yesterday and then again today. This matter is covered by the Wireless Telegraphy Act and the Post Office has the authority to seize the equipment. I am sure the honourable member will appreciate that if the radio station is within the university some problems may arise. Those who are responsible for the operation of the station will be liable to a penalty of up to $1,000 or 5 years imprisonment. I hope that, if we can apprehend them, they will not get off with a bond.

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