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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (Parramatta) (Attorney-General) . - in reply - May I say, first, that I am much moved by the kind remarks of various members of the House. Next, I would like to say that I have not been conscious of being rude to the honorable member for Grayndler (Mr. Daly). I do not want to mix any words with him. People throughout the Commonwealth have heard him. They have also heard me. I will be content to be judged by those who have heard both of us.

I should like to thank the Leader of the Opposition (Dr. Evatt). He has been cooperative in this debate. He has exchanged views with me from time to time, for he has had a much longer experience of the law than I have. He has had the experience of sitting in judgment and he knows how a statute appears to a judge. I know only how it appears to counsel. He has been able to discuss with me and, at times, weigh with me, whether or not any particular clause needed to be pressed. We have had very many happy exchanges.

Finally, I would like to add my congratulations to those of the Leader of the Opposition to the honorable member for Lang (Mr. Stewart). He has been very sincere in what he has done. He has been careful to furnish himself with very precise information. I listened to him and I have talked to him privately. I admire him for the amount of precise knowledge he obtained for himself on this very difficult subject, for the very searching way in which he has looked at each provision, with conscientious regard and great courage, and for the eloquent way in which he has spoken.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.

Sitting suspended from 6.3 to 8 p.m.

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