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Thursday, 15 October 1964


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Hon W C Haworth (ISAACS, VICTORIA) - Does the honorable member claim that he has been misrepresented?


Dr Gibbs - Yes, the honorable member forBatman(Mr.Benson)inhisspeech earlier said that I had implied that the figures cited by the honorable member for Fremantle (Mr. Beazley) were not correct and that I had cast doubt on the veracity of the honorable member for Fremantle. That is not the case. What I said in fact was that the figures as given by the honorable member for Fremantle were meaningless. They related to a report quoted by the honorable member that 500 children in the Alice Springs area had died in the last three years. Those figures are meaningless in the absence of accurate information as to the number of natives living in the area. The other important factor is that a large number of natives in that area are living in a tribalised condition and those natives have an inherent susceptibility







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