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jul 1, 1932 - Start of the ABC

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The leaders of Australia’s three main political parties all broadcast the new organisation’s opening messages.

For Australian listeners, hearing their leaders potentially thousands of kilometres away was a remarkable event made more so by the fact that the men were each in different cities – Prime Minister Joseph Lyons in Canberra, Leader of the Opposition James Scullin in Melbourne and Dr Earle Page of the Country Party in Sydney.

The Prime Minister declared that the government’s intention for the ABC was to appoint able and impartial trustees to provide information and entertainment, culture and gaiety and to, ‘serve all sections and to satisfy the diversified tastes of the public’.

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Phillippa Tickner

Date:

jul 1, 1932
Now
~ 89 years ago
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