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Friday, 5 May 1939


Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Prime Minister) . - I may inform the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Curtin) that Senator MacDonald is not a member of the Government and has not been appointed a Parliamentary Secretary. The rumour to which the honorable gentleman referred may have arisen from this circumstance: As I indicated in answer to a question raised by the honorable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Holloway) on the motion for adjournment last night, the Government is completing an investigation, which has already been carried a considerable distance, into certain waterfront problems. These investigations were first undertaken by me; they were continued by the present Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. John Lawson) when he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, and, finally, when they passed to the present Attorney-General (Mr. Hughes), he suggested to me that, as Senator MacDonald had had a good deal of experience of marine affairs connected with the Commerce Department, the Government should ask him to carry on the inquiry in certain ports that had not been covered. The honorable senator very generously agreed to do that, not as a Minister or a Parliamentary Secretary, but for the purpose of completing the collection of the material necessary in order to deal with the waterfront problems.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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