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Thursday, 27 October 1949

Dr EVATT (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - The honorable member suggests that he has received a certain letter from a constituent. I shall be much obliged if he will show it to me, and I shall then have much pleasure in answering his question.

Mr Harrison - I shall do so.

Dr EVATT - The honorable member has based his question upon an assertion. It has been the regular practice for years to send out reports of speeches from time to time according to a mailing list. I do not know to what particular speech the honorable member has referred.

Mr Harrison - To a speech on petrol.

Dr EVATT - It may be on petrol.

Mr Harrison - It had nothing to do with international affairs.

Dr EVATT - Eeports of speeches on contentious subjects are sent out from time to time. I shall examine the honorable member's question and supply an answer. There is complete -justification for the practice of sending out reports of speeches according to a mailing list, because information on. various matters should be available to the public.

Mr Harrison - Is petrol one of those subjects?

Dr EVATT - I do not think that the speech to which the honorable gentleman has referred deals with petrol.

Mr.RYAN. - Did not the Minister for Immigration become somewhat heated on the 30th June last over criticism to the effect that the departmental publication, New Australians, was government propaganda? Will the Minister examine the October issue of that publication and ascertain whether his name appears 21 times in eight pages, apart from a photograph in which he is shown giving a new Australian what the letterpress describes as an " impulsive hug " ?

Mr Beale Mr. Beale interjecting,

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