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Thursday, 4 April 1957

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I made a reference the other night to the document to which the honorable member for Stirling refers. I personally regarded it as a bogus document, in that the letter was addressed from the Trades Hall in Western Australia and was unsigned. It bore the same date as the report in the " West Australian " of the matters which had happened in this House the night before, and 1 think even the most assiduous trades hall secretary would have found it difficult in the time to round up that number of genuine cases. The pages with the signatures bore no reference to the subject-matter at all, nor was there any evidence that the people concerned knew what they had been asked to sign. It was because I regarded this as a bogus document that I invited the honorable member for Stirling - and I now repeat the invitation - to produce one specific instance which can be examined where it is alleged that what I have said in this House has not represented the true position or the practice which has applied to the individual in that case.

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