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Friday, 26 July 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - Government instrumentalities have not been used, and will not be used, for the purposes indicated by the honorable member.

Mr Anthony - Does not the advertisements say that government instrumentalities are so being used?

Mr CHIFLEY - The AttorneyGeneral (Dr. Evatt) and I have the right, which any citizen of Australia, has, to insert an advertisement in the newspapers, provided it is not paid for out of government funds. Although I happen to bethe Prime Minister and a politician, I am still entitled to my rights as a citizen. The Attorney-General and I are exercising our rights. It is perfectly true that the address of the Attorney-General and myself is given as the Commonwealth Offices, Sydney. In other words, the PostmasterGeneral's Department is asked to "forward our correspondence to that particular address. But there is nothing unusual in that request. Honorable members generally have a considerable volume of private correspondence, probably including bills, 3ent to them at Parliament House.

Mr Lazzarini - Honorable members also' attend to their private business here, and use the telephones of Parliament House.

Mr CHIFLEY - The AttorneyGeneral and I are doing only what every honorable member* does who, uses the address of an establishment of the Commonwealth Government, where he normally works, for the purpose of receiving correspondence or interviewing people. We are not receiving any more privileges than those which the honorable member for Richmond himself enjoys here when he asks a private individual to write to him at Parliament House.

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