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Tuesday, 9 May 1961

Mr CAIRNS (Yarra) .- It is quite a long time since we heard the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. McMahon) labouring so hard with a speech. If he looked at the clock once, he did so ten times, hoping that in some miraculous fashion the fingers of the clock would travel faster than they move. He has made a useful agent of the stevedoring industry and the shipping companies in imposing penal provisions on the waterside workers, but he made no impact in answering the case that has been put forward by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell).

Mr Bryant - A lackey for big business.

Mr CAIRNS - Yes, a lackey - I would say a dapper lackey - for big business.

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