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Thursday, 13 April 1961

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Peters (SCULLIN, VICTORIA) - Order! The honorable member's time has expired.

Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr. Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation. T have been shockingly misrepresented by the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Forbes), who reflected on my performance of my parliamentary duties. I understood the honorable member to say that I was asleep. That was about the only part of his remarks that was comprehensible. Honorable members will know how desperately difficult it is to keep awake while the honorable member is speaking. However, that I was wide awake is shown by the fact that I heard what the honorable member said. That is proof that I was awake, no matter how much the mercy of sleep while he was speaking would have been appreciated by me. I finally state, in explanation of the situation, that all honorable members will clearly understand that one would have one's eyes shut so that one would not have to see the honorable member as well as hear him.

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