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Wednesday, 2 July 1941

Senator CRAWFORD - The agents of the company, I assume. Some of them were most attractive :young men, whose special business it was to interview widows and endeavour to persuade them that they could double and redouble the small sums that their husbands had left to them and to their children by investing the money in Queensland Forests Limited.

It seems to me that the Government and the Parliament has an imperative duty to perform, and that is to prevent the commercialization of the honorable title of senator. I suggest that without further delay every member of this Parliament should be required to furnish a return showing all directorships held by him and the remuneration received. ".No member of this Parliament should be allowed to be a director of an international company whose interests may clash with those of this country, and probably with those of the Empire and all for which it stands in these perilous days. I have spoken longer than I intended. Perchance I have adopted the style of the hustings rather than that to which honorable senators are accustomed in this chamber, but I can plead that I am somewhat out of practice. Having broken the ice, however, I may be heard in this chamber more frequently. As I said earlier, I have spoken reluctantly. I have taken this step only because it appeared to me to .follow naturally on the oath which I took yesterday to serve my king and country.

Senator Armstrong - Who is associated with Queensland Forests Limited?

Senator CRAWFORD - The same honorable senator as is interested was in Mount Isa Mines Limited. He has a flair for that sort of thing.

Senator Foll - That is a deliberate lie.

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