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Wednesday, 16 March 1932

Mr THOMPSON (New England) . - The honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) stated to-night that on the train journey to Canberra the other day 1 approached the honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Beasley) with a request that he and his followers should support the Country party in an attempt to defeat the Government on the tobacco issue. The honorable member also said that, after I had made that request, I acted the part of a coward in going back on my promise to the honorable member for West Sydney by voting for the adjournment of the debate. The honorable gentleman's standard of political ethics apparently is very low when he will mention in this House what happens outside.

Mr Ward - Is it true? That is the main thing!

Mr THOMPSON - It is quite untrue.

Mr Ward - It is true.

Mr THOMPSON - It is not true. I appeal to the honorable member for West Sydney to put his impetuous follower in his place. If he were in his right place he would be in the gutter, whence he came.

Mr Ward - Go back to the sewer !

Mr THOMPSON - On the Monday before the train left for Canberra I went into the Commonwealth offices in Sydney.

Mr Ward - Go back into the sewer !

Mr THOMPSON - It grieves me to have to refer to such a matter. I have not had occasion to take action of this sort previously. Had the honorable member not stirred up the garbage tin as he did to-night, I should not have been impelled to make this explanation.

Mr Ward - It is somewhat strange for the honorable member.

Mr THOMPSON - The honorable member for East Sydney does not know his place.

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