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Wednesday, 23 November 1960

Mr FORBES (Barker) .- I had not intended to speak on this measure, but the honorable member for Parkes (Mr.

Haylen) has provoked me into doing so by putting forward on behalf of the Opposition what I felt to be, in view of the Opposition's previous general attitude to defence, an astonishing approach to this measure. One of the things that the Government is trying to do, and is always trying to do, is to get the best possible value for the money which in any year it is able to spend on defence. We are being constantly criticized by the Opposition on two grounds. First, the Opposition has consistently said that we have spent too much on defence-

Mr Beazley - 1 rise to order. Is defence policy involved in this measure?

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