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Thursday, 27 April 1961

Mr MENZIES - Thank you. I acknowledge the brilliance of the question. It is quite true that I was asked to go on a joint television hook-up which it was suggested could be arranged between one commercial station in Sydney and the national station. I was told who the interviewers were to be. I did not make an inquiry; I was told who they were to be. I said that they were quite acceptable to me and I was willing to go before this panel.

Mr Ward - What about the questions? Were they acceptable?

Mr MENZIES - 1 have not seen them.

Mr Ward - I heard that you selected them.

Mr MENZIES - When the day comes that I am not able to deal with impromptu questions either in this place or on a television panel, I will resign. That is a childish idea. When the agreement had been arrived at, I was told that the representative of the Melbourne "Herald" station was not to be the one who had been nominated. Now, Sir, I have my own views about the people who appear to put questions, so it is said, to people on the Melbourne " Herald " station, because I have been there two or three times.

Mr Calwell - 1 have been there even more often.

Mr MENZIES - I know you have. Quite frankly, I see no occasion for a man occupying the office that I occupy to appear before a panel, the principal object of at least two members of which is to be grossly offensive and insulting.

Mr Haylen - You cannot take it.

Mr MENZIES - I do not mind being insulted in this place, because I realize that this is the characteristic method of certain honorable members, and I cannot put them out; but when I go before a television panel, I go before it as a volunteer and I am going to make my own judgments.

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