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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Mr ANDERSON (Hume) .- Mr. Chairman,I am quite certain that the Attorney-General is well able to take care of himself, but, having heard the remarks just made by the honorable member for Lang (Mr. Stewart), I must intervene. The honorable member said that the AttorneyGeneral used the report of the United Kingdom royal commission to suit himself yesterday. Let us examine that matter. The honorable member has quoted from the minority report of the royal commission, and the Attorney-General used the report in order to answer him.

Mr Stewart - I did not quote from it.

Mr ANDERSON - The honorable member quoted from the minority report of the royal commission.

Mr Stewart - I did not.

Mr ANDERSON - The honorable member did, and the Minister answered him by referring to the same report. That does not mean that the Attorney-General misused the report. It was perfectly in order for him to quote it in answering the honorable member for Lang. One must expect to find in this measure provisions which are in accord with the recommendations made by the United Kingdom royal commission, because, after all, the laws of the Australian States were based on the laws of England in the old days. As a consequence, you continually find likenesses appearing. The accusation that the Minister used the report of the royal commission for his own advantage is complete nonsense. He used it in order to reply to statements made by the honorable member.

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