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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - Senator Millen has drawn the attention of the Committee to the fact that Mr. Balsillie, who is the Government expert in regard to wireless telegraphy, has been interested or concerned in the recent case in the Old Country between the Marconi Company and another wireless telegraph company. He has asked whether the Government would be guided by that gentleman in respect to methods. Undoubtedly the Government will be very largely guided by his recommendations. That is the reason -why he was appointed. With regard to any law points which may arise, the Government have their own officers.

Senator Millen - It is not a matter of law points.

Senator FINDLEY - Questions of law have arisen in regard to wireless telegraphy and the systems in operation in different parts of the world. In reference to methods, location, and power of the stations, the Government will be guided largely and mainly by their expert; but as to any matters of law which may arise from time to time, the Government will consult their own officers.

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