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Wednesday, 8 March 1961


Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES (Chisholm) . - Mr. Speaker, the honorable member for Watson (Mr. Cope) said that the honorable member for Chisholm had been seen drinking vodka in the Russian Embassy.


Mr Cope - No, I did not.


Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES - Well, what did the honorable member say?


Mr Cope - I said that the leaders of the government which the honorable member supports had been drinking vodka.


Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES - The honorable member said that the honorable member for Chisholm had been seen drinking vodka. I see no great crime in drinking vodka in the Russian Embassy, Mr. Speaker, but I have not been inside the Russian Embassy. I want to make it quite clear, at the same time, that because I have not been inside the Russian Embassy I was recently told by a member of the embassy staff that I was afraid of being brain-washed and that the only people who understand the Russians are those who belong to the Australian Labour Party.


Mr Cope - I wish to make a personal explanation, Mr. Speaker.

Motion (by Mr. Adermann) agreed to -

That the question be now put.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.







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