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Wednesday, 21 July 1920


Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The honorable member might leave that to honorable members themselves.


Mr RYAN - I must do so; but I am concerned about the people. The electors will see. recorded in black and white how honorable members voted on this motion, and it will be to the discredit of this House if the majority vote to curtail the rights of Parliament in regard to free speech. I have an idea how the vote will go this afternoon, but the day will come when another Parliament will reverse this decision, and the majority of members will declare that the ruling was wrong, and that those who supported it voted for the suppression of free speech and fair public criticism of the Executive, which they desire to keep in power.







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