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Thursday, 27 June 1946

Mr SPENDER (Warringah) (12:35 PM) . - We have heard something about "calling their bluff". I propose to call the bluff of the Minister for Transport (Mr. Ward), who has been talking about " the Brisbane line " for so long that we have become accustomed to the record which he turns on on every occasion. He has a most exceedingly limited intellect ; his only ability is to make three speeches which -we have heard here continually. The honorable gentleman, who holds ministerial rank against more competent men behind him, can do no more than tell the same story over and over again. I propose to call his bluff. ' The honorable gentleman was given an opportunity a little while ago to tell us what he knew about " the Brisbane line ", but although he has always been contemptuous of all tilings British, he took refuge in the provisions of an old statute of William and Mary and refused to do so.

Honorable members interjecting,

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