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Friday, 26 July 1946

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member for Parramatta had better guard his language. A certain incident took place yesterday. I wanted to be perfectly acquainted of exactly what had occurred. It was not that I altogether doubted my recollection of it. I wanted to be absolutely certain that I had done no injustice to the honorable member for Fawkner (Mr. Holt). From what I heard re-broadcast, I am satisfied that no injustice was done to that honorable member. Had I discovered by means of the re-broadcast that some injustice had been dona, I would have been the first to admit and make amends. The honorable member has asked by what authority the re-broadcast was made. I acted under the authority, not of the chairman of the Parliamentary Proceedings 'Broadcasting Committee but of the Speaker ofthis House. I want to be at all times in a position to know that no injustice has been done to any honorable member.

Mr Holt - What are the rights of private members in regard to the hearing of re-broadcasts ?

Mr SPEAKER - That questiondoes not arise. There may be an impression that this re-broadcast went over the air. That is not correct.

Mr Holt - I did not suggest that it did.

Mr SPEAKER - All that occurred was that the recording was re-played in private for the special purposes I have mentioned. I do not offer any further explanation in regard to it.

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