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Wednesday, 3 July 1946

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I ask the honorable member to confine his remarks to the bill.

Mr BRENNAN - I am satisfied that honorable members opposite wish to stall the bill for the purpose of working up newspaper support for the elections. I do not promise them a great measure of success in that direction.

Mr Bowden - We shall hold our own over the system.

Mr BRENNAN - Judging by the cohorts at the back of me who generally support the views which I present for the acceptance of the House, the honorable member will hold his own only until the election.

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! I again ask the honorable member to address the bill.

Mr BRENNAN - The bill should be generally acceptable. It is acceptable to me and I address myself to it judicially, I- hope, and with discrimination and moderation.

Mr McEwen - And vituperation!

Mr BRENNAN - Oh, no. The individual who comes into this Parliament and abuses parliamentary privilege should be dealt with by the Parliament and the electors. . I certainly do not believe that the newspapers, which in the past enjoyed a larger measure of privilege than is accorded to members of this Parliament, should be permitted to continue to enjoy that privilege unchecked. The Parliament would do well to see that the privilege of its members in respect of the words spoken in the Parliament is retained. I say this because I have heard of 'some cases in which members of the Parliament have been denied the right to express their views. I support the bill!

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