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Wednesday, 22 March 1961

Mr HAYLEN (Parkes) .- I have ten minutes only in which to add to the statement made by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) in proposing the resolution now before us. I have been deeply shocked by the. ninteenth century ranting of the Acting Prime Minister (Mr. McEwen). He. displayed no awareness whatsoever of the way in which the world lives to-day. He typified the arrogance of the white man. The Afro-Asians have been forgotten by him. The right honorable gentleman talked in the terms that would have been used by some one talking at the time of the Boer War.

As is usual when members of the Country Party attempt to discuss a particular matter, the Acting Prime Minister did not get to the point. He never touched the question of the arrogance of the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) when representing Australia overseas. That is the point we want to drive home to-day. Instead of adverting to that matter, the right honorable gentleman danced like a rabbit in front of his burrow, defending his kittens in Possum Paddock.

We have a cause here to-day, and only ten minutes in which to substantiate it. However, I think I should repeat the description given by the Leader of the Opposition of the matter of urgent public importance which he proposed for discussion. Unfortunately the Acting Prime Minister left the matter completely out of all his calculations. The words used by the Leader of the Opposition were, these -

The arrogant and the provocative statements made by the Prime Minister after the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference on the question of South Africa.

Our charge of arrogance and provocation has yet to be answered. I contend that the Prime Minister's statement was an arrogant one. It was an unhappy combination of arrogance and old brandy, in my view.

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