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Thursday, 19 November 1959


Mr WHEELER (Mitchell) .- I guess that after sitting until 3 o'clock this morning people are a little testy on this matter.


Mr Ward - It was half-past three.


Mr WHEELER - The honorable member for East Sydney corrects me. It was half-past three. I think that the AttorneyGeneral goes a little beyond the duties of his office when he describes the honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth) as being impertinent for bringing forward a matter which is exercising his mind. It is suggested that the honorable member for Mackellar lacks the intelligence to appreciate the implications of what he is talking about and that he is accustomed-


Sir Garfield Barwick - Oh!


Mr WHEELER - The AttorneyGeneral has made these statements and he must accept the comeback. He cannot make statements in this chamber as he may in a court of law and expect to get away with them. He implied that the honorable member for Mackellar lacks the intelligence to appreciate what he is talking about and that he is more attuned to reading about engineering subjects.


Mr MALCOLM FRASER (WANNON, VICTORIA) - Why do you not talk on the clause?


Mr WHEELER - I am defending the right of a private member to express bis view in this place. If a private member cannot express his view we might as well pack up and leave the whole blessed thing to the lawyers to fight out. That is the impression 1 want to leave with the Attorney-General. We are entitled to express our opinions in this place.







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