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Thursday, 17 November 1960

Mr ANDERSON (Hume) (1:30 AM) .As I understood the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Whitlam), the Opposition dislikes the expression " to lay information " which is contained in the Government's proposed amendment. The attitude of the Opposition is extraordinary. We know that if a member of the Federal Parliamentary Labour Party commits an offence against Labour Party rules he is reported to the federal executive which takes appropriate action. If one of their colleagues commits an offence, Labour Party members are prepared to lay information against him to preserve their party, but if an offence is committed against their country they are not prepared to lay information against the offender. Does the Opposition place its party above the country? That seems to be the conclusion to be drawn from what Opposition members have said. It is true that members of the Labour Party have been reported to the executive.

Mr Uren - Rumours!

Mr ANDERSON - They are not rumours. The honorable member for Parkes (Mr. Haylen) was reported only recently. Members of the Opposition will lay information against a member of their own party but they will not lay information against an enemy of their country.

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