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Friday, 22 May 1970

Mr JARMAN (DEAKIN, VICTORIA) - I am one member of this House who cannot be accused of speaking unnecessarily in an adjournment debate in this House, butI am very much concerned at the attack made by the honourable member for Wills (Mr Bryant) yesterday on the freedom of the Press. I know that honourable members are anxious to catch planes back to their electorates and I will be brief. In this House yesterday the honourable member for Wills made a bitter attack on the Melbourne Age' for reporting the split between Mr Holding, the Leader of the Labor Party in Victoria, and the left wing State Executive of the Labor Party in that State. He also attacked the Melbourne 'Herald' for reporting the results of a gallup poll which showed an 8% swing in support of the Gorton Government. He called for a body to be set up to control the Press. He said that the purpose of the body was as follows:

To consider complaints about the conduct of the Press-

Mr Scholes - I rise to order. Is it not the ruling of the House that when the adjournment is moved on a Friday it shall be put without debate?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock)Order!There is no substance in the point of order.

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