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Post and Telegraph Act 1949

Authoritative Version
  • - C1949A00035
  • No longer in force
Act No. 35 of 1949 as made
An Act to amend the Post and Telegraph Act 1901-1946.
Date of Assent 13 Jul 1949
Date of repeal 01 Jul 1975
Repealed by Postal and Telecommunications Commissions (Transitional Provisions) Act 1975



No. 35 of 1949.

An Act to amend the Post and Telegraph Act 1901–1946.

[Assented to 13th July, 1949.]

[Date of commencement, 10th August, 1949.]

BE it enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:—

Short title and citation

1.—(1.)   This Act may be cited as the Post and Telegraph Act 1949.

(2.)  The Post and Telegraph Act 1901–1946, as amended by this Act, may be cited as the Post and Telegraph Act 1901–1949.

2.  After section eighty-one of the Post and Telegraph Act 1901-1946 the following section is inserted:—

Telegraph lines not to be used for certain purposes

“81a.—(1.)  A person shall not use a telegraph line (not being a telegraph line erected upon private land or within a private building) for the purpose of transmitting a programme or other matter, being a programme or matter broadcast by a broadcasting station, television station or facsimile station (as defined by section four of the Australian Broadcasting Act 1942–1948), and if a person uses a telegraph line for any such purpose he shall be deemed to have used that telegraph line without the authority of the Postmaster-General and the provisions of section one hundred and twenty-eight of this Act shall apply accordingly.

“(2.)  The last preceding sub-section shall not apply where the programme or matter transmitted is so transmitted for the purpose of further transmission by means of wireless telegraphy (as denned by section two of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1904–1936).”.