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Thursday, 8 November 1956

Dr EVATT (Barton) (Leader of the Opposition) . - by leave - I join with the Leader of the House (Mr. Harold Holt) in his references to you, Mr. Speaker, to the Clerk of the House, and to all those who have helped us in carrying out our job here. I also feel bound to add that we rely upon what the Leader of the House and the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) have said about calling the House together in the event of the international situation making that necessary, and on the Prime Minister's statement that the Speaker and he will take into account any request by the Opposition in that respect. I do not think I need to go back and discuss the arrangements to which the Minister has referred. I made my arrangement with the Prime Minister, and I have no reason to go into that matter. I thought to-day's meeting was an important meeting. Whether or not we agree with the content of the Prime Minister's statement, it was a statement by the Prime Minister of this country. 1 felt that my statement had some importance, too, because we dealt, at any rate, with the question of the possible contribution by Australia to the United Nations emergency force. I think that that would be the view of the House.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - Nobody says that it was not an important statement.

Dr EVATT - I think it was very important, but, of course, the importance attached to a statement by A and B may not be admitted by C and D. It all depends on circumstances. I join in the good wishes extended by the Minister to honorable members and staff.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 5.55 p.m. to a date and hour to be fixed by Mr. Speaker.

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