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Wednesday, 4 April 1962

Mr PETERS (SCULLIN, VICTORIA) - I desire to ask the PostmasterGeneral a question. Is it true that last week-end the Treasurer reprimanded officers of the Australian Broadcasting Commission for their failure to contact him in relation to statements made by the Leader of the Opposition? Is it a fact that on the same week-end the Treasurer reprimanded the commission for broadcasting statements made by Bishop Strong of New Guinea in which the right reverend gentleman criticized the Government's handling of the West New Guinea dispute? Also, is it a fact that the news item based on Bishop Strong's statements was used in the 7 p.m. national bulletin on Sunday, but was dropped from the 9 p.m. bulletin?

Mr Harold Holt - Mr. Speaker-

Mr PETERS - I have asked the PostmasterGeneral a question.

Mr Harold Holt - I happen to know more about this-

Mr Calwell - On a point of order, Mr. Speaker: The question is directed to the Postmaster-General.

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