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Tuesday, 16 July 1946

Candidates - Political Advertisements. Mr. MORGAN. - Is the Minister for Information aware of a plot that is being hatched to betray true-blue Labourites, as well as blue-blooded Liberals, at the forthcoming general elections, by which Liberal party bosses in Kew South' Wales propose to sacrifice some of their much advertised " new blood " for the purpose of administering a blood transfusion to the dying and decrepit body of Langism? Is the Minister further aware that this unholy 'alliance has been conceived in the office df J. "Walter Thompson and Company, an overseas big-business advertising firm with international ramifications, which lately has been dabbling in the internal politics of this country? Will the Minister investigate the activities of this firm, and the reason for its interest in Australian politics?

Mr Menzies - I rise to order. Is the question in order, Mr. Speaker? I have heard you rule out of order many questions of similar, character. This question ' is a statement of propaganda. It does not seek to elicit information on public affairs. It merely, I suggest, furnishes further evidence of the use of question time for propaganda purposes now that questions are being broadcast. I have heard you, sir, repeatedly rule that a question which contains matter of debate, 'and is therefore intended to elicit in answer, matter of the same kind, is not in order. I su'bmit that the matter to which Ave have- just listened is not a question and that it is not in order.

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