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Friday, 26 July 1946

Mr SPEAKER (Hon J S Rosevear (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Arising out of a number of questions asked in the House concerning alleged attacks in parliamentary broadcasts on individuals and the suggestion that aggrieved persons be given ' some means of reply, I, as chairman of the Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Committee made inquiry of the New Zealand Government as to whether the question had ever been raised . there of providing some means by which a member of the public may reply to statements made in and broadcast from the New Zealand Parliament. The New Zealand Government has replied in the following terms: -

No special provision is made for means of reply by persons attacked in parliamentary proceedings and no situation nas .arisen in New Zealand which has made this an issue.

The committee, at a meeting this morning, considered the matter and decided that no . action be taken at this stage and that the matter be deferred for consideration by the joint committee to bo appointed by the next Parliament. I make this statement on behalf of the committee.

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