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Wednesday, 12 April 1961

Mr SPEAKER - Does the honorable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr Chaney - No, Sir, I claim to have been grossly misrepresented. The honorable member for Parkes stated that I was handed an amendment by the Prime Minister. In this morning's Melbourne " Sun News-Pictorial " appeared a report that last evening, while the Leader of the Opposition was speaking, I was prompted by the Prime Minister. What actually happened - if the honorable member for Parkes had put on his bi-focal spectacles, he would have seen this - was that the Prime Minister came up to me and said that he had an important meeting in his office, and he asked me whether I would mind if he left the chamber during my speech, which was to follow that of the Leader of the Opposition. My friend, the honorable member for Barker, was sitting beside me here.

Mr Killen - The honorable member was not upset?

Mr Chaney - 1 was not upset. I replied, " Maybe it would be better for you if you left before I started ". I have been misrepresented by the honorable member for Parkes and by the Melbourne " Sun NewsPictorial ". One is used to being misrepresented by the honorable member for Parkes, at any rate.

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