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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr JENNINGS (WATSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the honorable gentleman seen the statement of the Premier of New South Wales, published in to-day's press, that if the Commonwealth Government should decide to hold an open inquiry into the alleged assault by personnel of the Royal Australian Air Force on a press photographer recently, the State will be pleased to co-operate in the fullest degree, and will assist in every way the conduct of that inquiry? Is it proposed that the forthcoming discussion shall be an open one?

Mr STREET - I have not seen the press statement to which the honorable gentleman has referred. The discussion that I propose to hold with interested parties on Monday next will not be an open one.

Mr LANE - Is the Prime Minister aware that a leading journalist, on the Sunday following the accident, described the conduct of Air Force officers as brutal and an interference with the liberty of the subject? Will he, before the House rises, make a statement setting out the facts associated with the accident, so that before the Minister for Defence engages in the conference to which he has referred members of this parliament, and, through them, the public, will know the truth?

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