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Thursday, 11 October 1956

Mr DALY (Grayndler) .- Although it is most unusual for me to praise the honorable member for Mitchell (Mr. Wheeler), I should like to commend him for having made a constructive and very effective attack on the policy of the Pos(masterGeneral's Department. I also express my appreciation of the action of the honorable member for Darling (Mr. Clark; in bringing to the notice of the Government certain important matters relating to trade between Great Britain and Australia. I think the Government might well take note of those two speeches because, to my mind, they were most important and deserved the consideration of the Government.

Once again, the Government is making a mockery of the criticism and suggestions that are offered by honorable members, and a mockery of Parliament in respect of the time allowed to deal with matters under discussion. Last night the honorable member for Moore (Mr. Leslie) said that his speech was costing the people of this country £2 5s. a minute. To-day, the speeches of honorable members are costing the country £1,000,000 a minute, because that is the rate at which we are spending money in the Estimates under discussion. Incorporated in the proposed vote for Miscellaneous Services, which comes within the scope of this debate, are items relating to the Postmaster-General's Department, the Department of National Development and the Department of External Affairs, and also matters relating to trade, social services. immigration and shipping. In the space of about four hours, we are expected to go minutely, in the interests of the people we represent, into the matters on which we are to spend all this money, and the real purpose-

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