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Thursday, 11 April 1957

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I would find it difficult to believe that a person holding so responsible an office as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition would make such an irresponsible statement as that attributed to him by the honorable member for Barker. I have not seen the printed report of the statement and, therefore, I am prepared to give my opposite number the benefit of the doubt, unless the allegation is completely proven. But I say for the information of honorable members generally that a good deal of thought has already been given to the character and to the details of the balloting to be conducted in relation to the revised national service training scheme. As soon as practicable, I will inform the House and the public of the precise character of the ballot. All I wish to say at this stage is that this Government will conduct a ballot that is simple, fair, and easily understood by all who will be affected by it and that will in no way lend itself to the possibility of manipulation. There can be no question, so far as this Government is concerned, of any person being given preferential treatment over another.

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