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Tuesday, 29 September 1942

The PRESIDENT - On the 4th June last representatives of certain newspapers were excluded from Parliament House. I have received from the general manager of Consolidated Press Limited, Sydney, a communication in the following terms : -

Further to my telegram asking for the removal of the ban on our representatives, I am directed to inform you that the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, while always upholding the right of the press to criticize the proceedings and conduct of Parliament, have learned that an article published in the Sunday Telegraph on the 17th May last was interpreted as a personal attack on individual members of the Senate. This was not intended either by Mr. Richard Hughes, the columnist who wrote the article, or by the Sunday Telegraph in which it was published. Nor was the article intended to imply disparagement of parliamentary institutions.

In view of that statement, I have, after consultation with Mr. Speaker, informed the representatives of the newspapers concerned that they may resume their privileges in the Senate.

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