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Thursday, 21 May 1942

Mr PATERSON - Is this to he taken as an apology for the Minister for Labour and National Service?

Mr BRENNAN - The honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Paterson) has suddenly awakened, and he is at a disadvantage through not having listened to me when I was pointing out that the Minister for Labour and National Service was eminently suited to defend himself and required no assistance. So, by the grace of the House I wandered from the Minister to deal with a matter raised by the honorable member for Fawkner, namely, industrial bitterness. Then I went on to say that this was a democratic Parliament, or at least supposed to be, in which all honorable members expressed whatever they had in their minds. To that I added that politics was not an exact science. I have said all that I wish to say on this matter, and as the House has been good enough to grant me an extension of time to enable me to finish my remarks, I conclude by saying that in my opinion these regulations - I do not say that they are the only ones - should be preserved , that they are necessary for the protection of women in industry, and that they provide a means of dealing quickly with matters which require immediate treatment. For those reasons and others well expressed by honorable members on this side of the chamber, I intend to vote against the motion.

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