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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 4456

Mr STALEY (Chisholm) - May I make a personal explanation, Mr Speaker?

Mr SPEAKER - Does the honourable gentleman claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr STALEY - Yes. The honourable member for Cook (Mr Thorburn) accused me of using inaccurate figures. I simply want to state what I have done. I requested the Parliamentary Library Research Service to give me the most recent figures available showing comparative expenditure in the United Kingdom and Australia and they were the figures from which I quoted. They were figures in Australia's case for 1970-71, and in the case of the United Kingdom for 1970. They are quite plain. Even the figures which the honourable member provided, which must be for a year other than the year to which I referred, still show the United Kingdom figure well below the Australian figure.

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