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Wednesday, 30 November 1960


Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Monaro) (12:55 PM) . - I hope the honorable member for Macarthur (Mr. Jeff Bate), has not disappointed the House as a whole as much as he has disappointed me. I really expected him to put a little bit of fire and energy into his speech to-night. At least I am glad that the observations I made the other night have brought him to his feet. For the first time in this session he has found it necessary to speak on behalf of his constituents and of the dairying industry.


Mr Jeff Bate - That is a lie.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member must withdraw that remark.


Mr Jeff Bate - I say it is a lie. I will not withdraw if he has told a lie.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member will withdraw the charge that it was a lie.


Mr Jeff Bate - Well, I will withdraw it. It is a fib.


Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I accept thehonorable member's withdrawal. I would not intentionally mis-state his position for anything. But I am astonished to see that the honorable member is now leaving the House. It is most peculiar behaviour when a member launches a personal attack on another member and then deliberately leaves the House. I am glad to see that hiscolleagues have recalled him and that heis now compelled to sit and take his. medicine.

The electors of Eden-Monaro will not be disturbed by what the honorable member has said, but they will, of course, observehis description of them as ignorant cow cockies and Dad-and-Dave types. I hear honorable members opposite- interjecting, but I must repeat that the honorable member for Macarthur said that the honorable member for Eden-Monaro represented" ignorant cow cockies and Dad-and-Dave types which were, no longer characteristic of the industry.


Mr Hasluck - He was describing the state of your mind, not the state of your electors.


Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am afraid' that that is what he said. However, it isnot my purpose to reply to the personalities, indulged in by the honorable member for Macarthur. I have made it my deliberate policy during the seventeen years during which I have been in this Parliament never to engage in personalities, and I hope to continue to follow that policy during the remainder of the time in which I represent my constituents here. The reason why I rose the other night was to make clear the position of the honorable member for Macarthur and of the Government, and I am glad that to-night I have succeeded indoing so. It was of great importance tome dairying industry to know whether or not the honorable member for Macarthur had said outside this House what he had obviously not dared to say inside it, namely that he and a number of other rural Liberal and Country Party members would prevent the implementation of many features of this report. I am glad to-night to have the honorable member's confirmation of my interpretation of his remarks, and his agreement with my suggestion that this is what he intends to do. He says that in bringing this matter to the notice of the dairying industry I have done it a service, because I have re-assured it and given it confidence that responsible and determined men, such as the honorable member for Macarthur himself, will prevent the implementation of the report. I am glad to hear that statement by the honorable member for Macarthur, and the dairying industry in general will be glad to hear it. I am not sure, however, that the honorable member controls the numbers he claims to control in order to thwart the Government's will in this respect. 1 think he would do a service to the dairying industry and to the House if he would name his fellow members of the Liberal and Country Parties representing rural electorates who have joined with him in a determination to prevent the implementation of this report. It would also be a fair thing if he would bring to the notice of the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr. Adermann) the determination of his col leagues to follow this course, because it appears that, irrespective of the result of the consideration by the dairying industry of this most valuable report, which requires the utmost study, he and his colleagues of the Liberal and Country Party representing rural electorates will prevent its implementation.

The honorable member does not deny the statement that appears in the "Bega District News", but he does distort the attitude of that newspaper by quoting from its latest editorial without quoting the paragraph in the leader which states that it becomes necessary still for the dairying industry to prevent the implementation of the most objectionable features of the report.

I think I have said quite enough, Mr. Speaker, to answer the honorable member for Macarthur.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 1 a.m. (Thursday).







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