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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3005

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (Leader of the Opposition) - We have just had a statement from the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) which was grandly entitled in Latin - I do not guarantee the pronunciation - 'Apologia Pro Vita Sua'. Apparently one should not take the word 'sua' as being spelt as it is normally spelt in English but as it is spelt in Latin. Apparently it is an apology for the life of the Prime Minister. From the title, the whole tone is set - as sarcasm, a swollen head and confusion. The basic assumption is that multiplying members of boards, task forces, Bills and treaty ratifications is a measure of actual achievement. It rests on the Fabian view that a pamphlet changes and achieves, and pamphlets do not do that. It has the ring of rusting carriage wheels, it is so old. It attempts to measure performance by quantity instead of quality. It goes through this extraordinary process of thanking both sides of the House. The way in which the Government has ruthlessly used numbers in this House- (Honourable members interjecting)

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