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Wednesday, 7 December 1960

Mr DRUMMOND (New England) . - I notice. Mr. Speaker, that my name has been brought into this debate by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell), concerning the resolution which has stood in my name on the business-paper for some time past. I realize the reasons why the Leader of the House (Mr. Harold Holt) has moved that the Standing Orders be suspended in this instance. I want to say to the Leader of the Opposition, who so kindly indicated that he had said what he wanted to say for propaganda purposes, that I am satisfied with the motion that stands on the notice-paper in my name because it also conveys its own message of propaganda and solid truth. So long as it remains on the business-paper it will continue to convey its lesson whereas, I am sorry to say, it might not convey that lesson for very long once it has been debated. I look forward to seeing it debated, but I do not want it debated in the dying hours of the session at an hour when nobody is fit to discuss such an important matter. I hope that it will be possible in the New Year to discuss it at length and in detail. In the circumstances, Sir, and in view of the fact that I went to bed at 4 a.m. to-day, I am not heartbroken because I shall not be called upon to debate this subject forthwith.

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