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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Mr CURTIN - A few days ago, the Premier of Victoria sent me a note in very general terms, the contents of which were substantially what is contained in the honorable member's question. He declared that postal and telegraphic facilities are used by starting-price bookmakers. Upon any person being convicted in the courts of being a starting-price bookmaker, I have no doubt whatever that it will then be practicable for the Commonwealth, in pursuance of the judicial decision, to declare that he shall not be granted telephone facilities. The Common wealth Government cannot examine mail matter for the purpose of ascertaining whether a letter contains a betting proposition.

Mr Calwell - The Government makes such an investigation in respect of other matters.

Mr CURTIN - The Government does a lot of things which, it is true, arenot to the satisfaction of every body.

Mr Archie Cameron - The Prime Minister'sstatement would have satisfied Gilbert and Sullivan.

Mr CURTIN - 1 am sure that the honorable member as an admirer of Gilbert and Sullivan will approve of what I have said.

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