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Thursday, 18 September 1941

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon J Cunningham - I understand that a document from which Senator Spicer was reading was, at the conclusion of his speech, ordered to be laid on the table of the Senate.

Senator Gibson - Yes, the chairman's copy.

The PRESIDENT - .Senator Spicershould be able to obtain another copy from the source from which the impounded document was obtained.

Senator Gibson - But the documents included the chairman's copy of the evidence given before the committee.

Senator Cameron - The secretary of the committee has a copy.

Senator Gibson - The chairman's papers and records may differ from those of the secretary or of anybody else. It is a private record which is absolutely necessary for the conduct of the committee's inquiries.

The PRESIDENT - I do not think that I can help Senator Spicer very much. He will be able to refer to the copy that has been tabled. Moreover, I understand that the document does not contain anything that has not been published.

Motion - by leave - withdrawn.

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