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Wednesday, 1 May 1957

Mr SPEAKER - Order! What is the honorable member's question?

Mr JAMES - He sent a telegram, as Acting Prime Minister - the Prime Minister was away - and said he could not go-

Mr SPEAKER - Order! Will the honorable member come to his question?

Mr JAMES - Has the Treasurer any explanation to offer for his most discourteous and unco-operative attitude towards this convention, arranged by the miners' representatives and attended by representatives of the churches, the business community and others? Some of these people support the right honorable gentleman.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member will ask his question; otherwise, he will be asked to resume his seat.

Mr JAMES - I want to know what explanation the Acting Prime Minister has for not attending that conference called to try to overcome the difficulty, because I know-

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member will resume his seat.

Mr JAMES - There will be a general strike.

Mr SPEAKER -I call the honorable member for Corio.

Dr Evatt - I rise to order. The honorable member for Hunter had finished the first part of his question and I suggest that that should be answered by the Acting Prime Minister. It may be that the honorable member did give information, but he did ask a question. He asked the Acting Prime Minister to give an explanation of his non-attendance at this convention. The right honorable gentleman should be given an opportunity to answer. Otherwise the whole purpose of questions may be frustrated.

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