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Wednesday, 23 March 1966

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) .- On 17th March, last Thursday, the honorable member for Yarra (Dr. J. F. Cairns) rose in his place to make a personal explanation on the grounds that I had misrepresented what he had said at a meeting at the Mosman Town Hall earlier this month. The honorable member said that I had made the following statement -

He was asked whether he was against guerrilla warfare. He said -

What is wrong with guerrilla warfare?

He went on to say -

Neither on the occasion to which the honorable member was referring nor on any other was I asked whether I was against guerrilla warfare, and neither on that occasion nor on any other did I make any statement like the one attributed to me by him. I have never said "What is wrong with guerrilla warfare? ".

I have here a transcript of what was said at the meeting.

Mr Bryant - Where did the honorable member get the transcript?

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - From friends of mine who were there. I said that on the last occasion and I said that I was quoting from a verbatim report that I had received. I shall now quote the exact words, not just from memory, and honorable members can judge for themselves whether I was right or wrong.

Mr Bryant - I rise to order, Mr. Speaker. As this seems to cast some reflection upon another honorable member, could the honorable member for Chisholm name the sources from which he obtained the information?

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