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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Mr SPEAKER (Hon John McLeay

Order! There are too many interjections.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I am always delighted when honorable members opposite feel moved to interject. It is always clear proof that they cannot deny a statement of fact when they feel it necessary to upset one's presentation of facts, and try to sabotage one's performance.

Mr J R FRASER - Give us some facts.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I have already given facts, and I shall supply more. I doubt whether the honorable member for the Australian Capital Territory (Mr. J. R. Fraser) has 'taken the trouble to read my second-reading speech, because if he has read it and says that he got no facts out of it he is not the man of discernment that I have so far believed him to be. But I shall give a few more facts in a minute. Before doing so, I want to direct the attention of the House to the fact that Government supporters have recognized the efforts that the Government has made to secure an improved performance on the waterfront. Not only have they commended the Government on its efforts, but they have also expressed appreciation of the fact that we have been able to demonstrate a substantially improved waterfront performance in Australia since the passing of the legislation that we put to this Parliament in the course of last year. I shall give some of the evidence in a moment if honorable gentlemen opposite can restrain their impatience. The Opposition speakers fall into three well-defined groups. In the first group is the honorable member for West Sydney, who opened the debate for the Opposition. He made a characteristic speech which did him credit and which was expressed in clear and earnest terms. He put the point of view that he felt. It was a constructive speech and an analytical speech with which I feel no cause to cavil.

Mr Bowden - The honorable member for Dalley?

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I mean the honorable member for Dalley (Mr. O'Connor). I cannot follow all the redistributions. He started in West Sydney, and the representative from West Sydney in the past has always been a stalwart in putting the point of view of the waterside worker. The honorable gentleman carries on that tradition.

Mr Pollard - Get off the blarney and back to the bill!

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I will make my own speech, if the honorable gentleman on the front bench will allow me.

Mr Bryant Mr. Bryantinterjecting,

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