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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr WHITE (Balaclava) . - I desire to make what is in the nature of a personal explanation. In its report of the debate on the Special Annuity Bill in this house yesterday, the Melbourne Herald has n heading "Mr. White with Labour ". I suppose because of lack of space the -newspaper was not able to report all that I said. The heading would indicate that I support Labour's attitude in this matter, but I definitely do not. I supported the proposal to appoint a committee of the House to discuss the matter, and that, I think, was eminently desirable. I had hoped that such a preliminary inquiry would obviate the canvassing in the House of those intimate and personal details that unfortunately have been discussed to-day, and that a committee representative of each of the parties would arrive at a conclusion acceptable to the whole Parliament. I paid tribute to ourlate lamented leader and to that eminent lady who is his widow, and said that the right thing should be done, but that the right way to do it was to inquire into the matter through a committee which could get the details and bring back an acceptable scheme. I mention only the Melbourne Herald and the Argus because they created a wrong impression.

Mr Mahoney - A terrible thing to be with Labour !

Mr WHITE - I have often been with Labour in other things, but at the moment I am concerned only with this matter.

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