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Thursday, 21 May 1942


Mr FALSTEIN (WATSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to make a personal explanation. In this morning's issue of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, the editor., Penton, has charged me with being a coward. Whether or not that is true will be tested when I go into action with the Royal Australian Air Force, in which I have enlisted as an air crew member. I invite Penton. who is so glib with accusations of cowardice against others, to join me in the fighting forces, where his own patriotism may be better demonstrated than under a masquerade of words.

I publicly charge Penton with running away from Australia in order to seek asylum in the United States of America at a time when he knows that Australia is about to enter upon its most difficult days, and when every man is- need for its defence. With regard to Penton's personal reputation, I make no comment, beyond saying that among those who know him he has none.







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