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Thursday, 28 March 1957

Mr BOWDEN (Gippsland) .- This debate, so far, has confirmed in my mind two very important things: first, the complete irresponsibility on national matters of Her Majesty's Opposition, and, secondly, the truism that there is nothing new under the sun. It might be unreal, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to expect any new approach at this stage of the debate. So I shall content myself with following the trail that has been already very well blazed. Before I do so I want to correct a few false impressions that may have been given by the honorable member for Kennedy (Mr. Riordan) in his speech yesterday, in an attempt to discredit the right honorable member for Cowper (Sir Earle Page) in relation to some statement the right honorable gentleman made about a housing bill in 1927. Since the honorable member for Kennedy spoke I have discovered that everything the honorable member said on that subject is completely incorrect.

Mr Pollard - The right honorable member for Cowper promised £20,000,000 for houses, but the Bruce-Page Government could build only twenty houses.

Sir Earle Page - That is not true.

Mr Pollard - If the right honorable gentleman will look at the newspaper reports and the records of his old policy speeches he will see that I am telling the truth.

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