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Wednesday, 20 May 1942

Mr FALSTEIN - Has the Prime Minister's attention been drawn to the practice of the Sydney Daily Telegraph of refusing to mention the name of the Minister for Labour and National Service in its news reports? Has he noticed in this morning's issue of the Daily Telegraph that, in a list of nine persons who attended a conference with the Prime Minister yesterday on the coal industry, the newspaper mentioned every person by title and name except the Minister for Labour and National Service, who is referred to merely as " the Labour Minister " ? Does the Prime Minister think that the Daily Telegraph's suggestion that Mr. Ward is the Labour Minister, and its implication that he is the only Labour Minister, might cause bad feeling among the other Labour Ministers of the Government? Can the Prime Minister say whether Mr. Ward's name is being withheld from publication in the Daily Telegraph for security reasons, or whether this action is merely the latest, most petty and most childish method adopted by the Daily Telegraph to attack Mr. Ward?

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