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Thursday, 4 April 1957


Mr SPEAKER - Does the honorable member claim to have been misrepresented or misunderstood?


Mr LUCOCK - Misunderstood.


Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member may proceed.


Mr LUCOCK - The personal explanation is necessary because of a remark made by the honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) last evening about certain statements which 1 had made previously. You will recall, Mr. Speaker, that during a speech I had made the point that the Empire air training scheme was established before the Labour party gained the treasury bench. Tn answer to an interjection by the honorable member for East Sydney, who said that it was on paper, 1 mentioned that I had been overseas, training under that scheme. I concede to the honorable member for East Sydney that I made a mistake of approximately three weeks in the time of being overseas. However, I contend that my claim that the Empire air training scheme had been started before the Labour government took office has not been altered by the statement of the honorable member for East Sydney. I enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force, according to the records, on 19th July, 1941, as aircrew, Empire air training scheme, approximately three months before the Labour party gained the treasury bench. I meant it as no personal reflection on the honorable member for East Sydney. The statement was in connexion with the facts I have stated, and my conscience is clear.







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