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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr BEAZLEY (Fremantle) .- I wondered, when the proceedings of the House of Representatives were being broadcast, what the effect would be on debate. The honorable member for Warringah (Mr. Spender) has provided the answer. Any man who did not actually have this bill before him, would imagine that it contained no safeguards and checks on expenditure. The tactics of the honorable member were to submit his amendment, and then read the clause, thereby suggesting to listeners that he was proposing the safeguards.

Mr Spender - I did not.

Mr BEAZLEY - In other words, the honorable member read clause 31, incorporating his amendment.

Mr Spender - I rise to order. The statement by the honorable member for Fremantle-

Mr BEAZLEY - The honorable member did not allow me to complete my remarks.

Mr Spender - I heard what the honorable member said. He stated that I had made it appear that I had drafted the clause as amended.

Mr Pollard - That is exactly what the honorable member for Warringah did.

Mr Spender - I am not asking for the opinion of the honorable member for Ballarat (Mr. Pollard). I am stating the facts. I made it appear from the beginning that I had no objection to the clause, as drafted; but pointed out that, in my opinion, it did not go far enough, and that I proposed to add to it certain words, which I then read.

The CHAIRMAN - What is the point of order?

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