Select Committee on Intoxicating Liquor—Effect on Australian Soldiers and Best Method of Dealing with Sale
Select Committee on the Development of Canberra
At the same time, a planned British merger of cable and wireless was championed by the Australian government as an opportunity to save their cable investments. But some senators—both opposition and government—were concerned that it would instead lead to wireless overpricing.
Despite the government’s refusal to discuss its ‘delicate negotiations’ with Britain concerning the merger, these senators eventually convinced the Senate to establish a select committee in February 1929 to investigate options for cheaper overseas communication. The committee’s August report concluding that the merger would have a negative effect on wireless price reductions came too late; the merger had gone ahead in April.
The government, unwilling to accept the report’s recommendation of wireless nationalisation, quietly shelved it after three years of deferred debate. The report’s articulation of the cultural isolation and communication needs of Australia’s growing population of British immigrants is now recognised as significant and is echoed by more recent inquiries into the adoption of new technologies for Australia’s communication needs.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 1927, p.15, National Library of Australia, nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16374841
National Archives of Australia, A1, 1927/6718