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Friday, 6 March 1942

Senator CAMERON (Victoria) (Minister for Aircraft Production) . - 1 regret that I missed an opportunity to speak on the motion for the second reading of the bill. Any government thai enters into a contract should honorably abide by it, and I consider myself committed to the same degree as any other member of the Government. In my opinion, the Leader of the Opposition (Senator McLeay), both by direct statement and by implication, would have it believed that I would repudiate a contract into which the Government had entered. I give that assertion an emphatic denial. Portion of a statement made by me, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, was read by the Leader of the Opposition, but for some reason best known to himself, he did not read the whole of the statement. Had he done so, he should have appreciated the reason* which prompted my remarks. The statement in the newspaper referred to is as follows : -

Melbourne, Wednesday.

The Minister for Aircraft Production. (Senator Cameron) to-day attacked people who were, he said, seeking to remove the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Ward) from the Federal Cabinet.

These people, Senator Cameron said, expected that doves of peace could be thrown intothe air and come down service aircraft laden with large profits.

They had fondly imagined that by leaving the Yampi Sound iron ore deposits near Broome to the Japanese, Japan would never kill peace-loving Australians on their own soil by bombs made, perhaps, from the very metal sold them by profit-seeking Australians.

Senator McBride - I rise to a point of order. Is the honorable senator discussing the bill before the Senate?

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