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Thursday, 14 May 1970

Mr McEWEN (Murray) (Minister for Trade and Industry) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock)Order!Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr McEWEN - Yes. I wish to correct the misrepresentation. The honourable member for Reid claimed that during an election campaign in Western Australia I advised Country Party voters to give their second preference votes to the Labor Party candidate. That is a pure invention. There is no vestige of truth in the claim.

Mr UREN(Reid) - I have been the victim of misrepresentation by the Minister. I stated only what I heard and saw on television. During the election campaign in 1966 the Deputy Prime Minister, speaking in the electorate of Canning, asked Labor Party voters to give their second preference votes to the Country Party candidate because, he said, there was no real difference between the policies of the 2 Parties. He does not use the old red bogy. I heard the remark with my own ears. The right honourable gentleman knows that I would not falsely make this claim.

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