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Wednesday, 23 November 1938

Mr BERNARD CORSER (Wide Bay) . - The honorable member for Darling Downs (Mr. Fadden) made no personal reflection on the Premier of Queensland. He merely stated the effect of a set of circumstances which he hoped would not exist in our legislation. Although the honorable member for Darling Downs did not make any reference to the Premier of Queensland or instance any action to which he took exception, he did hint that certain things had been done.

Mr Mulcahy - Why the secrecy?

Mr BERNARD CORSER - There is no need for secrecy when right is done. There is not the slightest doubt that the Premier of Queensland obtained certain information in regard to the income of a private person, which is supposed to be disclosed in confidence to the Commissioner of Taxation. This information was ventilated in the State Parliament. If such information can be obtained, by whatever means it is obtained, by the Premier of the State, and used in Parliament to the detriment of a political opponent, as was the case, the honorable member for Darling Downs is entitled to express the hope that there will be nothing in our legislation which would allow a Prime Minister, if we had one who would do so, to ventilate such matters, under the cloak of privilege, in the press.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 3 agreed to.

Clause 4 (Ex-Australian profits).

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