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Thursday, 11 October 1956

Mr WHITLAM - This lively interchange arises, Mr. Temporary Chairman, out of the small item of £60,000 subsidy for the Canberra city omnibus service. 1 am happy to return to an example of the comparative merits of private and public enterprise, as revealed in the farewell report of the Australian Whaling Commission which 1 was reading to the committee a little while ago. This is the report that was suppressed by the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr. McMahon) until after the passage through this Parliament of the bill to dispose of the assets of the Australian Whaling Commission.

Mr Turnbull - I rise to order. I think you must agree, Mr. Temporary Chairman, that the honorable member for Werriwa is very wide of the mark. At present, the committee is discussing the Estimates for the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory, Norfolk Island, Papua and New Guinea, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Part 4 of the Estimates for the Department of Health, and Part 5 of the Estimates for the Department of Primary Industry. How the honorable member can bring in the sale of the Australian Whaling Commission's assets is beyond me. I should like your ruling on this, Mr. Temporary Chairman. I cannot see how whaling comes into it at all, and I suggest that the honorable member should not be allowed to follow his present line.

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