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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1371

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister representing the Postmaster-General: Is it a fact that the Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Sir Robert Madgwick, is soon to leave Australia for overseas and that the Acting Chairman of the Commission will be Mr Arthur Lowndes? Is it a fact also that Mr Lowndes' wife is a member of the campaign committee working for the return of the Prime Minister in the seat of Lowe? If this is so, would it not be wiser, in view of the current controversy concerning the

ABC programme 'This Day Tonight', for some other commissioner to act for Sir Robert in his absence?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am unable to say whether in fact Sir Robert Madgwick is going overseas and, if he is going overseas, when he is going overseas. The question as to who should be the Acting Chairman of the Commission in the absence of Sir Robert Madgwick is, I understand, a matter for the Commission itself to determine. I feel that the imputation behind the honourable senator's question does not give due weight to the fact that the Commission is an independent body capable of acting, and in fact prepared to act, as it sees its obligations under the legislation.

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