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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

Mr MENZIES - The honorable member knows perfectly well that he put a question in which he invited a statement of certain facts, which he no doubt expected to get. He is also well aware of the fact that he put that question so that the answer might be well known to the public through the ordinary processes of Parliament at the earliest possible moment. He is quite well aware of this; so is everybody else. It is the first time I have ever heard of a complaint that because a Minister took steps to see that a member putting a question got his answer at the earliest possible moment this constituted an affront to somebody. If the honorable member's real trouble is that these facts became known to the public at an inconvenient time, from his point of view, then all I can say is that I am delighted to know it. If the honorable member is really concerned about the cost of sending a car to his house with the answer, I will pay that cost.

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