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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr CALWELL - I desire to make a personal explanation as a result of newspaper reports which have appeared today and which have misrepresented me. These reports have appeared in newspapers published in all the capital cities of Australia and the misrepresentations are in connection with a debate which took place in the Labour Party caucus meeting yesterday. I am reported to have said that State aid has come to stay. I made no such statement. I am reported to have said that Labour should change its policy on State aid. What I did say was that during the recess I would examine the possibility of finding a new formula for assistance to scholars in accordance with existing Labour policy. I feel that I have been embarrassed because my position in regard to this matter has been completely misrepresented. There was not one single report that did not contain some truth but all of them contained more errors than truth.

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