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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Mr ANDERSON (Hume) (1:12 AM) .I do not propose to detain or to bore the House very long. I have listened .to the honorable member for Werriwa (Mr. Whitlam) on many occasions when he has made speeches in which he has attempted to damage the Government. He stands up with a legal detachment and produces cutting remarks on every bill that contains any money element. He spoke now on the War Service Homes BiD. The theme of his speech was the Government's niggardly approach to this very serious problem. He asserted that more money should be made available, and suggested an additional £5,000,000. I recall that recently he spoke on the Loan (War Service Land Settlement) Bill. Honorable members will recall how caustic he waxed when he attacked the Government on the miserable amount of money it made available for that purpose. I forget the exact amount he wanted then, but it was at least £20,000,000.

I have a list of the occasions on which this honorable gentleman, with his caustic wit, has attacked the Government. I remind honorable members how he waxed on the subject of the Northern Territory. He wanted millions of pounds for the development of the Northern Territory. On every occasion this honorable member makes exactly the same speech, demanding more money. How easy it is to damage the Government, with complete and utter irresponsibility! I could go on for half an hour citing occasions on which the honorable member has made this sort of speech. He spoke on shipbuilding and on many other matters. I do not propose to detain or to bore the House much longer. However, I feel that when the House is kept to this late hour honorable gentlemen should try to introduce some sense into the debate.

I submit that the honorable gentleman has detained this House for half an hour, being very clever but serving no purpose at all.

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