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Thursday, 7 May 1942

Mr CHIFLEY - Press representatives were at the conference. In addition, an official record of the proceedings was prepared, but it is for the Prime Minister to say whether the transcript can be made available to honorable members.

Mr Jolly - I want a summary only.

Mr CHIFLEY - The views expressed by the Premiers could be summarized in a few lines. They were opposed to the Commonwealth Government's proposals on the ground that, if put into effect, they would interfere with the sovereign rights of the States. Very little comment was made regarding the detailed proposals themselves. As the Prime Minister has explained, the Premiers objected on principle to the Commonwealth Government's proposal.

Mr Curtin - Representatives of the press were present during the whole of the proceedings.

Mr CHIFLEY - I should think that very little would be gained by making summaries of the proceedings available to honorable members.

Mr Curtin - It could be done, if necessary.

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