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Thursday, 20 November 1941


Mr SPEAKER (Hon W M Nairn (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The honorable member for Barker is quite in order.


Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thought that you would back me up. I was entitled to say what I had said, on this measure. I have heard from both the other side and this side of the chamber, but not from my friends immediately around me at present, about pensions for certain Asiatics and aborigines. Regret was expressed that the pensions scheme was not pro. posed to be expanded at present even further. Statistics in some quarters are not supposed, to lie at all, but in other quarters it is said that they are the offspring of Ananias. If Ave believe

It is time that this. House took a grip of itself. We should begin to face up to the stark realities of the war, which may be on our very doorsteps or on the hearths of our big cities before Ave are much older. It is time Ave stopped fiddling with these things and got down to urgent considerations. Look at what has happened in the last few days when this House has been told by the Prime Minister (Mr. Curtin), who, only a few weeks ago, quickly and determinedly supported my suggestion that, Li en tenant-General Sir Iven. Mackay should be brought here, that it ia not necessary that the General Officer Commanding himself, General Blamey, should come here and say anything. It simply goes to show that this House is very much more concerned with the vote-catching possibilities of the legislation, before us to-day than about the war-winning possibilities of certain things that have to be done. I know that what I have said will be rather unwelcome in certain quarters. It Wi 11 grate on the ears of some of my friends, but it is time that Ave got down to a consideration of what Ave are up against. The tone of the debate so far would give to a visitor from Mars an impression that the war was 100 years off and 100,000,000 miles away.







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