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Memento : Issue 17
17 Order Claiming that the article impugned his personal honour and challenged his fitness to be a member of Parliament, Morgan asked the House to refer the matter to the Privileges Committee. After questioning Morgan, Fitzpatrick and Browne, the committee concluded that a breach of privilege had occurred and recommended that the House take appropriate action. Browne and Fitzpatrick were summoned to the House on 10 June 1955 to answer the charges brought against them. After hearing statements from both men, the House, on a motion from Prime Minister Robert Menzies, voted that Browne and Fitzpatrick be jailed for 90 days. Appeals to the High Court and the Privy Council failed, and the sentences were served in the Canberra police lock-up and Goulburn Gaol. The records on this intriguing case can be viewed in our Canberra reading room. Fact Sheet 203 about the Privileges Committee records and Fact Sheet 204 about the Bankstown Observer case are available in our reading rooms and on our website. the House! may 2001 memento NAA: M1505, 456 Newspaper clippings are among the minutes and reports of the Privileges Committee records