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Friday, 15 May 1970


Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr TURNBULL - Yes. At least 5 journalists from as far as Griffith, New South Wales, have informed me that the honourable member for Riverina (Mr Grassby) has issued a Press release stating that in the House of Representatives I challenged him to debate. This, Mr Speaker, is the complete reverse of the truth, as Hansard will confirm. I now quote the following from my speech, as reported at page 2112 of Hansard of 13th May 1970:

The honourable member for Riverina said, in one of his flamboyant moments: 1 do not mind who disagrees with me, Mr Speaker.

He does not mind at all. He went on:

I will debate wilh them at any time and at any place.

I ask the honourable member whether that is true. Will you debate at any time in any place?


Mr Grassby - Why not?

Mi TURNBULL- That is not the question.

Will the honourable member for Riverina stand by what he said as reported in Hansard? Will he debute wilh them al any time in any place?


Mr Grassby - All right.

Mi TURNBULL- All right. 1 accept the chal lenge. I name the place as outside the office of the 'Bridge' newspaper in Barham, New South Wales, and the time as 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 26th May 1970.

In the terms of the honourable member's challenge to debate 'at any time and at any place' 1 was able to decide when and where the debate would be held. Finally - I would suggest that this is very important - it is known that the challenger's opponent is nearly always the champion.


Mr Uren - Mr Speaker, I seek your guidance. Is this a rematch of the TunneyDempsey fight?


Mr SPEAKER -Order! No point of order arises.







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