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Wednesday, 14 October 1964

Senator MARRIOTT asked the Leader of the Government in the Senate, upon notice -

1.   Is daily " Hansard ", being a verbatim report of the previous day's proceedings in the Parliament, a proof only, liable to correction, and therefore not to be quoted from outside the Parliament, by the Press, over the radio or on television, without the possibility of legal proceedings being taken against the publishers or those responsible?

2.   Is the only warning of possible consequences the notice which appears on the second page of each copy, where it is stated that the issue is a proof issue and that copy containing corrections must be received at the office of the Principal Parliamentary Reporter no later than a certain date?

3.   Could an appropriate and better worded warning be placed prominently on the front page of the daily "Hansard" to prevent publishers committing an error unintentionally?

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