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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Minister for Immigration and Minister for Information) . - The Government cannot accept the amendment. It is not necessary. This belated display of diligence to his parliamentary duties by the honorable member for Warringah (Mr. Spender) does not impress any one. All that he has conveyed to honorable members this evening is that he is the almost perfect platitudinarian. All the .other matters which he considers might be useful if they are furbished up on the eve of an election--

Mr Spender - Why does not the Minister accept the amendment?

Mr CALWELL - It is not necessary, because the provisions -already incorporated in the bill are those which are normally incorporated in this kind of legislation. These provisions were included in similar bills introduced by antiLabour governments, which occupied the treasury bench for so' long. In opposing certain provisions of the bill this evening, the honorable gentleman may be , entering the . lists for the leadership of the Liberal party, now that. Mr. Ii. G. Casey proposes to contest it. Perhaps he fears that the electorate of Warringah is the object of the attention of some other gentleman. But whatever his purpose in raising these objections may be. I am' not able to define it. I know that he has some occult and undiscoverable motive in trying to hamstring this committee, and interfere with the operations of the Executive. Having the numbers, the Government does not propose to oblige him by letting him have his way.

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