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Wednesday, 7 December 1960


Mr DALY - Mr. Deputy Speaker. I wish to make a personal explanation. 1 ask leave of the House to correct a statement that I made to-day with reference to the honorable member for Mallee (Mr. Turnbull) and the honorable member for New England (Mr. Drummond). The honorable member for New England mentioned in the course of a debate earlier to-day that I had misinterpreted what he said. I think that may have been the case and, if I have done him an injustice. I make the correction forthwith in accordance with what he suggested. The more important matter, possibly, is my reference to the honorable member for Mallee. The House will agree that I seldom ask for leave to correct anything I say about the honorable member, and in that respect this is perhaps an historic occasion.

In the course of my speech I stated that on 27th October, 1949, the honorable member was reported as speaking during a debate on, and subsequently voting against, the motion, "That Government business shall take precedence over general business to-morrow ". On checking what the honorable member said, I find that on that date he did not take that course. What I had in mind took place on 1st June, 1949, when, as is reported in " Hansard " at page 361, the question, " That Government business shall take precedence over general business to-morow " was put and a division was taken and was carried by 32 votes to 26. Among those who voted against the resolution were 26 members who included the present honorable member for Mallee. The point I wish to correct is that the honorable member recorded his vote as I have stated not on 27th October. 1949, but on 1st June. 1949. The honorable member did not speak, however, in that debate. I am sorry I did the honorable member an injustice in giving a wrong date, and I correct the mistake accordingly.







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