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Thursday, 4 October 1956

Mr MENZIES - The question seems to be an extremely argumentative one. I have no apologies for having said what f said in 1950. Nor have I any apologies to make for setting the marks high. My experience is that if you do not set them high, you are liable to have less achievement. Therefore, I have no regrets about that matter at all. I do not know whether the honorable member was here earlier this morning, but I have already indicated to the House that the defence programme is now in course of complete reinvestigation. How much can be produced or made available for all needed equipment will emerge in the course of that discussion. 1 regard the problem of securing effective equipment for modern and mobile forces as of the highest order of priority. It is not a simple matter. It will be worked out with every technical assistance that we have.

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