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Wednesday, 20 May 1942

Mr CURTIN (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Because of his age and conjugal condition. That is the information which has been given to me.

With regard to the other aspects of the case, I say to the honorable member for Barker that nothing could be worse from the viewpoint of the relationship between the Commonwealth Government and the Government of the United States of America than for this Government to take the responsibility of authorizing a lecture tour, or a campaign through certain newspapers.

Mr Archie Cameron - I do not suggest that the Government should authorize such a campaign.

Mr CURTIN - 'No;and I shall not do so. In that case I should have to take the responsibility of approving everything a person said, or wrote. The only judgment the Government allows to be exercised on its behalf in matters of opinion is the judgment exercised by the censor. That relates exclusively to matters of national security. I have said that on many occasions, and I repeat it now. I do not know whether this proposed lecture tour will be a success, or a failure. I am quite certain that it cannot alter American opinion of the Commonwealth, because I know that at this moment, thanks to the work already done by the official representative of' the Government, the reputation of Australia in the United States of America and the United Kingdom has never been higher than it is at present.

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