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Thursday, 4 April 1946

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) - I do not accept the terms used by the honorable member as the basis for his question, but T shall have an investigation made of the report that an exhibition, which was opened in England for the purpose of interesting British people in Australia, was used in the way suggested. All exhibitions of this sort, and this is only one of a series,, have been very well received by the peoples of the countries in which they have been held. France and Belgium, as well as Great Britain, have been honoured by such exhibitions. I cannot understand the story about which the honorable gentleman has waxed so eloquent.

Mr Corser - I remind the Minister that Mr. Pike is Agent-General for Queensland.

Mr CALWELL - I am not very much worried about Agents-General. Having little to do, they very often create trouble for the Commonwealth just as do many State politicians. When considering the list of peculiarities to be shown in the future, I may perhaps see that some representatives of the Country party are included.

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