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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) . - This afternoon the Minister for Immigration (Mr. Calwell) himself read out a statement clearly disclosing that £45,000 per annum was paid to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited for a period of years to enable it to do certain coast-to-shipping transmission work.

Mr Calwell - And a greater sum was paid by the company to the Government.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - Payments by the company to the Government are another matter. They are like the " flowers that bloom in the spring ", "The money paid to the Government mayhave been derived from othersources altogether. If the company is in such a sound financial position that it could pay these sums continually, why the need for a subsidy of £45,000 a year?The Minister also said that members of the Opposition were not often in their place inthis chamber, and did not take opportunities to debate certain matters that appear on the notice-paper. I point out that on the notice-paper there are twelve ministerial statements, and I am quite certain that no time whatever will be allowed by the Government for a debate on' these important matters with which they deal before the Parliament is dissolved for the f orthcoming generalelections. There is also a notice of motion by myself, that has been there since last year. Whenthe Minister alleged that members of the Opposition were not often in their places, I was sitting on the wrong side of the chamber, almost alongsidethe Minister himself.

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