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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator ASHLEY - In view of the restrictions imposed by you, Mr. President, on a news service provided to a section of the New South Wales public by the Sydney DailyTelegraph, will you inform me of the position that will apply when the Minister for the Navy and the Minister for Munitions, whom I represent in the Senate, the Minister for Commerce, the Minister for Labour and National Service, and other Ministers whose offices are located in the precincts of the Senate, wish to issue statements to the Sydney morning press? Are those Ministers, including myself, to be deprived of the right to give press interviews, as we wish, in our own offices at Parliament House, or are we to be obliged to walk elsewhere in order to issue statements to representatives of some newspapers? In addition, will you advise me whether the decision, so far as it affects King's Hall and the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms, was made by you as chairman of the Joint House Committee? If so, was a meeting of that committee called for the purpose of discussing the proposed restrictions ?

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