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Tuesday, 19 March 1957

Dr EVATT (Barton) (Leader of the Opposition) . - by leave - I wish to make only one or two comments on the statement made by the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Harold Holt). I suggest the statement should be distributed to honorable members. I gather that the right honorable gentleman has already discussed these matters with his party, and the Opposition should also like to have an opportunity of discussing them. The statement contains some suggestions of value, some of less value, and some, I think, of no value at all. I hope the Minster will consider the position and give the Opposition an opportunity to put its views before the House in an orderly way.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - Perhaps, the Leader of the Opposition might move that the statement be printed.

Dr EVATT - I will do that.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! That procedure would be out of order. The statement has not yet been tabled.

Dr EVATT - I ask the Minister whether he would mind tabling the statement.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I was speaking from rough notes only, which have now been given to " Hansard ". Under the circumstances, I can arrange to have a typewritten version prepared which I shall table to-morrow afternoon. The motion which the Leader of the Opposition has in mind can then be moved.

Dr EVATT - I should like the Minister to follow that course.

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