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Thursday, 31 March 1966

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock - Does the honorable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr James - Yes. Addressing the House last night on the Loan (Housing) Bill I stated, as correctly reported at page 779 of " Hansard "- 1 remember that on one occasion a doctor in the Newcastle district told me in confidence that one ward of a certain hospital was almost fully occupied by unfortunate females who were receiving medical treatment to help them overcome the after effects of terminating pregnancy.

Two newspapers, the " Canberra Times " and the Sydney " Sun " referred to my speech.

Mr Bridges-Maxwell - Has not the honorable member had enough publicity? Why does he want another go?

Mr James - Every time the honorable member opens his mouth the words of a fool pour forth. The Sydney " Sun " has reported me as having said that one hospital in the Newcastle district was almost fully occupied by women recovering from the effects of terminated pregnancies. That report is not in accordance with what I said, as I have quoted from " Hansard ", Mr. Deputy Speaker.

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