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Monday, 18 December 1905

Mr KING O'MALLEY (Darwin) - I am inclined to the view that, instead of providing that newspapers shall not publish lectures for the benefit of the community, unless with the consent of those who deliver them, we should enact that any newspaper which fails to publish a lecture shall be heavily fined. A man of great genius, although practically unknown, might announce his intention of delivering a lecture in Melbourne, and might have an audience of only fifteen or twenty. But if a smart and clever reporter for one of the great Melbourne dailies attended that lecture, he would quickly appreciate its value, and so publish it to the world. It is perfectly ridiculous, to talk about preventing newspapers from publishing lectures. At the present time, the difficulty which lecturers, teachers, and other educationalists experience, is in (inducing the newspapers to publish anything that they say.

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