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Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Mr KILLEN (Moreton) .- The committee was having a helpful and quite an amiably conducted discussion on this proposal until the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) pushed his lugubrious frame into the debate and endeavoured to belittle the honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth). The Leader of the Opposition should take into account what was said by his own followers during the debate on the amendment proposed by the honorable member for Mackellar. The honorable member for Reid (Mr. Uren), in the most explicit language, agreed with the honorable member for Mackellar that there were many young people in the community to-day with a good deal of money that they did not put to the kind of use to which it could and should be put. Then the Leader of the

Opposition came in, crying poor in his usual fashion. Dearie me, it is a pity he cannot speak in more cheerful vein once in a while.

The fact of the matter is that the honorable member for Mackellar put forward a proposal that met with generous support on both sides of the committee. Then the Leader of the Opposition came in and wanted to pare a bit off here and a bit off there. He tried to make out that the honorable member had pinched his idea. Well, although some of the ill-informed critics have suggested that we are hard up for ideas, let me assure the Parliament that we are not so hard up that we have to turn to the Labour Party ro find ideas to pinch.

Let me suggest to the Treasurer that between now and the time when the Budget is prepared the proposal put forward by the honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth) should be seriously considered, having in mind that there are many honorable members on the Government side who earnestly support it.

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