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Thursday, 27 April 1961

Mr SPEAKER - Does the honorable gentleman claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr Calwell - Yes. The matter referred to by the honorable member for Lilley needs some elucidation. The comparison 1 made was between this Government's treatment of the request by the Queensland Government for financial assistance for the Mount Isa railway project and the favorable treatment it gave to Victoria and New South Wales in regard to standardization of rail gauges. I said, Sir, that the Commonwealth Government - now that the matter has been raised-

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable gentleman is tending to debate the subject, whereas he rose to make a personal explanation on the ground that he had been misrepresented.

Mr Calwell - I have been misrepresented. The honorable member for Lilley said that I had made comparisons between the expenditure on the Mount Isa railway and the expenditure incurred by Queensland taxpayers on the Snowy Mountains scheme. The comparison I made was between the miserable treatment of the Queensland Government by this Government and the favorable treatment given by it to South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. There are other aspects of the matter-

Mr SPEAKER - Order!

Mr Calwell - I suppose I shall have an opportunity to elaborate during the debate on the motion for the adjournment tonight. At least I am prepared to face up to the statements that I make. For the information of the honorable member for Lilley, I shall go back to Queensland this weekend and tell the story again.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The Leader of the Opposition is out of order.

Mr Menzies - You will not have as big an audience in Queensland as you have here to-day.

Mr Calwell - I have had a pretty good audience here to-day-

Mr SPEAKER - Order! I remind the honorable member that it is question time.

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