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Friday, 26 November 1965

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock (LYNE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Order! I suggest the honorable member restrain himself a little. Some of his remarks, if carried too far, could reflect on the Attorney-General.

Mr JAMES - I thought I had restrained myself and had been rather mild. However, I will be milder. I represent the Hunter electorate where traditionally my people have been exploited through the centuries by the coal owners, and it is in my blood that I should protest against unjust treatment of the weaker section of the community. I am trying to do that with all the dignity I can muster. This legislation will not achieve the objectives that the Labour Party hoped that it would achieve. There is, in our free society, a certain section of the community whose only goal in life is to accumulate wealth. These people wreck their lives over it. They get themselves into no end of social, and sometimes criminal, trouble. The more they get the more they want. If I may use the vernacular again, the hardest person to ever reef a quid off is the bloke who has plenty of them. If one were to ask the secretary of the Joint House Department who have the largest outstanding accounts for meals and so on which are provided in this place one would find that they are the richest members of Parliament.

I say that off the cuff, but I say it because it supports my submission that the hardest person to get a quid off is the bloke who has plenty of them. He has been so obsessed with accumulating wealth that he has no aim in life other than to build a fortune and leave it for his dependants to fight and squabble over. In the end, the legal eagles take the lot, as the ring keeper in a two-up school does. The ring keeper finishes up with the lot if the game goes on long enough. That is the way these vultures act. They are responsible for the Government introducing legislation in an attempt to curb their activities, but in my opinion and in the opinion of the Opposition generally the legislation will be a dismal failure.

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