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Thursday, 3 July 1941


Senator FRASER - I know of no occasion since I have been a member of this chamber on which a Hansard reporter has not been in the chamber when a speech was being delivered. Neither have I heard of such a state of affairs in the House of Representatives. Had the honorable member for Denison made such a statement in Parliament, an explanation would have been demanded.

Any one who supports such statements is not protecting the honour of this Parliament. The paragraph continues -

There was too much speaking for the time limit of three-quarters of an hour-

This is the portion to which I wish to draw attention. It is a reflection on the speaker himself, and I ask that action be taken against the honorable member for Denison along the lines suggested by the Leader of the Opposition - mid too frequent granting of an additional quarter of an hour on the motion of a friend pf the speaker.

That is a reflection on the Speaker of the House of Representatives.


Senator Collett - It is not.


Senator FRASER - It definitely is, despite what the Minister may say in an endeavour to camouflage it. The honorable member for Denison says in effect that unless a member is a friend of the Speaker he is not able to secure an extension of a quarter an hour. That is a gross misrepresentation of the true position. The honorable member for Denison is charging the Speaker with being unfair. When he made that statement the honorable member was addressing a meeting of the Australian Women's National League at Hobart.


Senator Keane - The bosses of honorable senators opposite.


Senator FRASER - Exactly. One would not expect them to accept a dose of poison. I have not yet come to the conclusion whether the honorable member for Denison is a Nazi or a Fascist, or is endeavouring by means of his "utterances in. the press to break down the very principle for which this country is fighting, namely the freedom of speech and the freedom of thought. He is deliberately endeavouring to discredit the National Parliamen t.


Senator Collett - And so much abused.

Sena tor FRASER. - Yes, by men like the honorable member for Denison. I hope that his term will be very short, but even if it is he will gain great experience. Since payment of members has been introduced, the masses have enjoyed parliamentary representation and there was therefore no need for the gibe about professional politicians.


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - What has that to do with the motion?


Senator FRASER - The honorable senator does not like my criticism. History has shown, time after time, the influence exerted by " big business " under our democratic form of government, but the working classes have had a fairer deal since the introduction of payment of members, which has made it possible for them to have adequate representation.







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