Radio: Government by Radio

The New Zealander is the only citizen in the world who can settle back in his easy chair and actually hear his Government making laws. His House of Representatives in Wellington is wired for sound, and every word spoken from the floor (wartime exception: military information) comes to him by radio.*

U.S. soldiers stationed in New Zealand have observed this unique procedure with considerable interest. The U.S. has.nothing like it. Nearest thing to it was Manhattan station WNYC's broadcasts of the proceedings of the City Council for two years (1938-40). That was such...

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