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Monday, 16 November 1964

Senator HENDRICKSON (VICTORIA) - I preface my question, which I direct to the Leader of the Government in the Senate, by asking him whether he recalls that, a few days ago, in reply to a question asked by Senator Sandford, he said that Mr. Menzies was thrown out of office in 1941 by two independents. Has not the Minister sot his facts upside down? Will he again look up the records which will show that Mr. Menzies was ignominiously rejected by his own socalled supporters in August 1941 because he was responsible for Australia's helpless position, and that Mr. Fadden was suffered by Australia until October 1941. To assist in his inquiry, will the Minister get one of his eavesdropping colleagues to examine the Sydney " Daily Telegraph " of 20th December 1941, emphasising Australia's hopeless position? I ask him to ascertain whether the newspaper report said -

The Labour Government was starting behind scratch in a country unprepared for war, a country that even after two and a half years war still lacked essential weapons and supplies; that Australia did not have one modern fighter airplane in Australia; there were no serviceable tanks, no aerial torpedo bombs; very little oil or petrol; that Australia's small Army was without proper equipment, and were not properly trained.

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