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Tuesday, 27 September 1949

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Labour party in Canberra has been given an advantage over other bodies that wished to obtain a list of the new telephone numbers. On the 2nd September, when the telephone officer refused to supply the list for public information, a copy of the list, including details of silent telephone numbers, was in the possession of a member of the Canberra branch of the Australian Labour party. The Minister knows that the Postmaster-General's Department has the right to refuse to supply details of silent telephones even to the police and that the highest secrecy is observed in regard to them. Doubtless the irregularity in connexion with silent numbers will be investigated and the Minister will subsequently make a statement to the House about it. The member of the Canberra branch of the Australian Labour party to whom I have referred is a temporary public servant and the press secretary to the Minister for Health (Senator McKenna). He is Mr. J. R. Fraser, a Labour candidate at the recent election for the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council.

Mr Calwell - And a successful candidate.

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