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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Mr SWARTZ (Darling Downs) . - The honorable member for Lalor (Mr. Pollard) showed a degree of inefficiency himself when he did not know the portfolios held by certain Ministers. Though the members who spoke before him tried to confine their remarks within the narrow terms of the subject raised for discussion and criticized Ministers for departing a little from those narrow terms, the honorable member for Lalor completely departed from them and indulged in a general discussion of economic policy. Honorable members opposite cannot have it both ways. They should confine their remarks to the narrow terms of the subject before the House. The honorable member for Lalor and the two previous Opposition speakers have said that this discussion is not aimed at members of the Public Service and that they are not criticizing the staff of the Import Licensing Branch. I want to read a telegram which has been received during the last few minutes. Strange to say, this follows an attack yesterday in another place by Senator Benn on the staff of the Import Licensing Branch. That attack is now being followed up by an attack in this place. The telegram, which is addressed to the Minister for Trade, Parliament House, Canberra, reads as follows: -

Staff of Trade Department-

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