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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Mk DOWNER (Angas- Minister for Immigration) [12.3 a.m.]. - I shall not. detain the House for very long. Since the honorable, member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) wants an assurance that he will receive a. reply to the matters that he has raised'; I say at once that I shall refer them to the Minister concerned hut,, at. the. same time, considering, the aggressive, unmannerly and unjustifiable way in: which- he has brought forward his complaints to-night, he really is deserving of no reply at all. As the House very well realizes, my friend, from, East Sydney puts more questions on the notice-paper than any other member of the House. I think you will agree, Mr. Speaker, that subject to your benediction he gets the call at question time just as much as; if not more than, any other honorable member. Moreover, no member of the Opposition has any cause for complaint, at the way in. which, adjournment debates have' been conducted during this or the last: session.. In the ten years in which I have been in. this. Parliament I have never seen the members of Her Majesty's Opposition: receive such, what I can only describe asgenerous treatment during the debate on the motion to adjourn.

Mr Ward - You should have been here when we were in government.

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