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Thursday, 21 May 1942

Mr SPEAKER (Hon W M Nairn (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I appreciate the fair attitude which the honorable member for Calare (Mr. Breen) has taken up in regard to this matter. It is unfortunate that he was not able, at the conclusion of the sitting of the House on that day, to confer with me at length. I feel quite sure that had he been able to do so, we should have been able to reach as satisfactory an agreement as I have reached with other honorable members whose speeches have been - I shall not say censored - reviewed. It is quite correct, as the honorable member says, that elimination destroyed the effectiveness of the speech. I said before that the speech was very interesting. It gave a good picture of the situation. Its fault was that it conveyed too good a picture; it disclosed all too clearly our weakness in regard to power resources. I regret that any dissatisfaction should have been occasioned, but it arose from the fact that the honorable member was not able to confer with me.

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