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Wednesday, 29 November 1944

Dr EVATT (Barton) (AttorneyGeneral and Minister for External Affairs) . - I do not know what the honorable gentleman means. The documents now in, the possession of honorable members were not copied until after the House met.

Mr White - They were promised in September.

Dr EVATT - At the committee stage. When the honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Bowden) drew the attention of honorable members to them last night, the reports were not public information. I think what the honorable gentleman saw was an original document. The copying of the documents has taken place since then. Instead of being thanked for my courtesy in making the documents available, I am criticized by the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron). I have done everything within my power to help the committee. Only a few copies of the third report are available and I should think that, owing to the difficulty involved in copying that report, that number should be sufficient to meet the purposes of honorable gentlemen.

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