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Wednesday, 12 April 1961

Mr Jones - Mr. Speaker, I claim to have been misrepresented by the honorable member for McMillan (Mr. Buchanan), who stated that I said I was in favour of unity tickets. In reply to an interjection I stated that I was opposed to unity tickets.

Mr Wight - I wish to make a personal explanation, Mr. Speaker. The honorable member for Newcastle (Mr. Jones) and the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) both stated that I used Parliament as a coward's castle and that I was not prepared to repeat outside my statements in this place. That is untrue. Everything that I have said to-night I said outside the House during the debate that I had with the honorable member for Blaxland (Mr. E. James Harrison) in the Memorial Hall at Nundah in Queensland. Further, the Leader of the Opposition made the charge that I was not prepared to debate these issues outside the House. I accept his challenge to debate the matter of unity tickets on television or in public in Queensland at any time.

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