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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr MARWICK - We have become so accustomed to talking in millions, that we are overlooking the expenditure of hundreds of thousands of pounds in the various departments. Yet the Government is appealing to the people to practise austerity! If ever austerity were needed, it is in this department. I agree with every word uttered by the honorable member for Adelaide (Mr. Stacey) in this chamber last week, in regard to ministerial use of motor cars.

Mr Lazzarini - It is about a quarter of what it was when the Government supported by the honorable member was in office.

Mr MARWICK - Two wrongs do not make a right.

Mr Lazzarini - The honorable member did not say a word about that.

Mr MARWICK - I did; I was always protesting against it; and I shall continue to do so while I remain a member of this Parliament. Only a week or so ago, I was standing outside the Hotel Kurrajong in the company of the Assistant Minister for the Army (Senator Fraser), who had offered me a lift in a motor car that was about to arrive to pick up three Ministers. The Minister who is now sitting at the table (Mr. Lazzarini), when the car arrived, said, " I am not going to ride in that car ; I have ordered a car for myself, and intend to wait until it arrives". The honorable gentleman cannot deny that.

Mr Lazzarini - I ordered a car to convey to Parliament House typists who would otherwise have had to walk in soaking rain. This is about the meanest thing that the honorable member has said in his life.

Mr MARWICK - It is a fact, and cannot be denied. The Assistant Minister for the Army said that the car had been sent for three Ministers. The honorable gentleman refused to go in it. Consequently, other members were picked up.

Mr Lazzarini - The honorable member saw me take in my car typists who otherwise would have had to walk in the rain, and would have been saturated before they reached Parliament House. If the honorable member witnessed one part of the incident, he must have witnessed the whole of it.

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