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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

Mr MENZIES - I am greatly indebted to the honorable member for conveying this information to me. He may not be aware that the leader of the parliamentary party - to wit, myself - is invited to open the Annual Council Meeting of the Liberal Party of Australia when that meeting occurs. The meeting is open to the public and to the press. I was so concentrated on what I was saying that I did not take time to discover whether any members of the public arrived, though I gathered by subsequent events that some representatives of the press were there.

I wonder whether I am to understand that the honorable member suggests to me that we should have excluded the public. I must say that, if the public are to be admitted, we do not go through a process of censorship at the door. This is something from which the Australian Labour Party is happily free, because, first of all, it does not invite the public, and secondly, if it did, nobody would be sufficiently interested to go.

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