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Tuesday, 9 May 1939

Mr MENZIES (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - It is true that towards the end of last year - no doubt on the date mentioned by the honorable member - a conference did occur as he indicated. At that conference various matters, including the taking of press photographs, were discussed. It was then agreed that that was a matter that ought to be capable of solution by the exercise of common sense on both sides, and it was agreed that some attempt should be made to provide for that exercise. As for the latest incident, the matter has been in the hands of the Minister for Defence, who has, I believe, arranged to have a consultation about it with representatives of the Air Board and of the press, including a representative or representatives of the Australian Journalists Association. It is anticipated that, as the result of that consultation, some working rule will be evolved which will prevent any such incident in the future.

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