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Thursday, 20 April 1961

Mr SPEAKER - The position is quite clear. An honorable member may direct attention to a newspaper comment. He must vouch for its accuracy, but he cannot read from it or comment on its contents.

Mr McEWEN - I have seen the advertisement appearing in last night's issue of the Melbourne " Herald ", attributed to the Victorian Chamber of Manufactures. Replying to the honorable member, I can only express the opinion that what is referred to as " selective import licensing " by people who have a vested interest in the exclusion of overseas goods from Australia would, in most instances, be found to be selective by excluding the goods competing with the vested interests at stake in Australia. I think I can sum up the reaction of my colleagues and myself by saying that while

We concede the prerogative of any section of a democracy to attempt to defeat a government, or to attempt to persuade a government, none of us will ever succumb to a threat to our existence by any individual or by any organized group.

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