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Friday, 26 May 1939

Mr HUGHES (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - I regret that I cannot answer that question.

Mr.Forde. - The Prime Minister should be here to answer it.

Mr HUGHES - Possibly he should be; . but that, of course, applies also to the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Forde - He is taking part in a by-election campaign.

Mr HUGHES - I can answer the honorable gentleman by saying that the Prime Minister has been called away.

Mr FORDE - Will the right honorable gentleman give to the House the assurance that no action will be taken to enter into a contract for the erection of additions to the General Post Office, Sydney, until the serious allegations made in this House on Tuesday in respect of the tenders for this work have been cleared up by a thorough investigation?

Mr HUGHES - I can- give to the House the assurance that in whatever position the matter stands at the moment, it will remain in that position until the

House next meets and an opportunity is given to discuss it.

Mr Forde - That is evasive, and unsatisfactory.

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