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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Sir FREDERICK STEWART (Parramatta) (2:34 AM) . - I invite the Minister to consider the implications of this clause. Had it been in force yesterday no newspaper in Australia could have published a report of the speech delivered m Melbourne at mid-day by the Prime Minister (Mr. Curtin) at the opening of the second Liberty Loan campaign without having first obtained the consent of the Prime Minister and also that of the station over which the speech was broadcast. I cannot believe that that is the real intention of the clause.

Mr Beasley - The main purpose of the clause is to protect the revenue of the Postmaster-General's Department.

Sir FREDERICK STEWART - It appears to me that clause 94 protects the revenue. I cannot see why such a wide prohibition should be included in the bill.

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