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Thursday, 16 May 1968

Mr HULME - The information given to me is that the Australian Labor Party meeting, which, of course, was a private meeting but nevertheless of considerable public interest, did invite news media to be present but on the understanding that any news report was to be approved by officers associated with the organisation. Most of the news media were not prepared to accept the invitation to be present on that basis.

The ABC decided that its representatives would be present and that it would submit to the officers of the organisation a report of what it intended to say in its news services. What it did submit was approved in toto and was used. So, the ABC was the only news medium which in fact used any information from this meeting. It is the pure responsibility of the people concerned themselves that they did not take the opportunity similar to that taken by the ABC to make such information flowing out of the meeting available to the Australian public.

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