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Tuesday, 30 May 1939


I do not remember promising to make any inquiries. I was under the 'impression that I had informed honorable members why the amplifiers had -been installed. I do not know what the honorable member- means by stating that they are " over the odds." The amplifiers were placed in a position to enable the Attorney-General (Mr. Hughes) to hear questions and other business in which he was interested. The amplifiers can be turned off by any honorable member, but I ask honorable members not to do so. If they think that they are objectionable, through allowing the AttorneyGeneral to tear private conversations - that is one objection that was put to me - T shall ask an attendant to turn them off. I think that that is very desirable, because I have seen honorable members - playfully, of course - interfering with them, and making little noises. The AttorneyGeneral himself can at any time turn them off so that he cannot hear.

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