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Thursday, 13 April 1961

Mr Calwell - I wish to make a personal explanation. During the course of his speech, the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) said that my remark that he had drafted the amendment was not true. He said he did not think that I would deliberately say anything that was untrue. That is a fact; I would not do that. I saw the Prime Minister writing the other night. I saw him go up and speak to the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Chaney) and I thought I saw the right honorable gentleman give a document to the honorable member for Perth. I understand that the right honorable gentleman went up to the honorable member for Perth and apologized to him for not being able to remain during the honorable member's speech. I certainly accept the explanation of the Prime Minister that he did not draft the document.

Mr Harold Holt - You knew that last night.

Mr Calwell - I did not know that last night. I am not in the habit of making false statements. I did hear to-night that it was the Treasurer (Mr. Harold Holt) who drafted the amendment.

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