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Thursday, 11 October 1956

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- As the honorable member for Moore (Mr. Leslie) was speaking, I thought of an axiom: A little learning is a dangerous thing. I also thought of Goldsmith's lines -

And still they gaz'd, and still the wonder grew,

That one small head could carry all he knew.

I think that this Parliament made an awful mistake when it put the honorable member for Moore on the Public Accounts Committee. We have had to suffer the effect of it to-night. He has regaled us with two speeches that have been nothing else but anti-Canberra tirades. If he hates Canberra as much as he protests, why does he come here? After all, if we are spending a lot of money on the national capital - as he says, wasting it by pampering people who are living here, to the disadvantage of people elsewhere - how can he, in conscience, saddle the taxpayers of Australia with a financial burden of £90 a week conveying him to and fro between Western Australia and Canberra?

Mr Turnbull - Each week?

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