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Friday, 2 July 1920

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) . - (By leave).- I wish to inform the House that all the correspondence was placed before the honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Tudor) and myself, and that we went through it without any interference or suggestion by anyone, and I think everything that was material to the dispute between the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) and the ex-Treasurer (Mr. Watt) has been made public. What we struck out was either matter that did not meet the case, or matter that we thought should not, in the public interest, be disclosed. May I add that I deeply regret what has occurred. Personally, I shall refrain from expressing any opinion on the case, either publicly or privately, until Mr. Watt is present, and has put his position before the House. That seems to me to be the fair course to take.

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