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Friday, 5 May 1939

Sir EARLE PAGE (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I rise to make a personal explanation. In this morning's Sydney Morning 'Herald, the following report appears on the cable page -

A crisis has developed in the affairs of the Country party and may lead to the resignation of Sir Earle Page from the leadership or the withdrawal of two or possibly three members from the party.

A meeting of the party was called to-night in spite of the fact that Sir Earle Page had insisted on its postponement on the ground that ho was too ill to be present.

That report is an absolute misstatement. The meeting was called hy me for yesterday morning, but as I was suffering from a severe attack of hemicrania I consulted members of my party, and we agreed that the meeting should be postponed until 7 o'clock last night to enable me to rest and take the appropriate drugs. The whole of this report is similar to other mis-statements concerning me which have appeared recently. I wish to make the position clear.

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