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Wednesday, 23 July 1930

Senator REID (Queensland) .- As one who has been a member of the Senate fo.r many years I also protesagainst the action of the Government which I regard as an encroachment upon the liberties of the Senate. As the right honorable the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Pearce) has pointed out, on other occasions, in the history of the Senate, select, committees have been appointed in opposition to the wishes of the Government of the day, but they were not interfered with in the manner now proposed by this Government.

Another matter to which I should like to refer, relates to the allegations made by Mr. Percy Deane as to members of Parliament asking for letters of introduction to theatrical entrepreneurs and for free entrance to theatres. I have been associated with the Senate for a considerable period of time, and, from my own experience and my inquiries, I know of only one honorable senator who has availed himself of those concessions. I have never accepted them from any theatrical concern in Australia. The only occasion when I attended a theatrical performance in connexion with my political duties was when the Prince of "Wales visited Australia. I enter my emphatic protest against Mr. Deane's allegations.

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