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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr FRASER (Eden) (Monaro) . -I have very little to say; but, since my name has been mentioned, I want to make it clear that, whilst what has been read by the honorable member for Wentworth (Mr. Harrison), which I have heard to-night for the first time, appears to be a completely accurate report of what I said, it has no relation whatever to the matter raised by the honorable member for Reid (Mr. Morgan). My' comment was in .regard to a matter in which I am, and I imagine every member of this House must be, interested, namely, the opportunity for reply by a 'citizen whose personal or business reputation may be stake because of an attack made upon him in this House and broadcast by the national stations throughout Australia.

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not quarrel with the honorable member in that regard.

Mr FRASER - But the honorable member made a mistake when he quoted me as having protested against something that had been said by the honorable member for Reid. I took my stand on a matter of principle alone. That principle is a perfectly good one, and I adhere to it. To my knowledge, no member of this House has more frequently made unwarranted personal attacks than has the honorable member for Wentworth. When I spoke on the principle of giving a means of reply to those who had been unfairly traduced in this House, I had in mind the attacks that were frequently made in this House by the honorable member for Wentworth. My comment was solely on the principle involved, and the solution which 1 suggested is one which I hope will eventually be adopted by this House.

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