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Tuesday, 18 April 1961


Mr MENZIES (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - I can accept no responsibility for the vagaries of the honorable member's mind. AH that I know is that when the motion - I think it was termed an amendment - about myself was about to be put to the vote, I said to my colleagues in the front bench: "I do not think it is quite decent for me to vote for this motion. I will leave." And I walked out. That seemed to me to be not a very extraordinary circumstance. I walked out.


Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Did you pair?


Mr MENZIES - I think that on most matters I have a standing pair with the Leader of the Opposition.


Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - So that you voted on the motion?


Mr MENZIES - This is very clever No doubt I should have gone around and told the Leader of the Opposition. I plead guilty. I should have told the Leader of the Opposition. But as my colleagues know, being an uncomplicated character - unlike the honorable member for EdenMonaro - all I did was to say to my colleagues, " I do not think it seems very proper for me to vote for myself," and so I walked out. And out I was!







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