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Wednesday, 12 April 1961

Mr COPE (Watson) (12:58 PM) .- First, I wish to say that the exhibition that we have seen here to-night by the Leader of the House (Mr. Harold Holt) indicates that he has no chance of beating Gar for the future leadership of the Liberal Party. Let us look at the record of this so famous Leader of the House in regard to his opposition to the Communist Party. Honorable members will remember that not long ago, following on the rape of Hungary, honorable members opposite called the Russians " blood-thirsty murdering butchers ".

Mr Harold Holt - I rise to order. Members of the Opposition having denied me an opportunity to speak to-night, am I now to be subjected to an attack by honorable gentlemen opposite with no right of reply?

Mr SPEAKER - Order! Unfortunately the Treasurer has exhausted his time.

Mr COPE - We remember when the Treasurer was Minister for Labour and National Service.

Motion (by Mr. Downer) agreed to -

That the question be now put.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 1 a.m. (Thursday).

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