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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr UREN (Reid) .- Mr. Speaker,I apologise to the House for rising at this time. I understand that in my absence the honorable member for Chisholm (Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes), by interjection, stated to the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) that statements I had made or actions I had taken while I was in Singapore should be investigated. I should like the honorable member for Chisholm to make clear to the House by a public statement what it is that he suggests I did in Singapore so that I shall have an opportunity, before the House goes into recess, to clear my name of the smear that he has directed at me. You will recall, Mr. Speaker, that several years ago, at a time like this on the eve of the Parliament's going into recess, a certain accusation was made against me by another honorable member. That matter is still subjudice and is still being fought out in the courts. The matter raised by the honorable member for Chisholm in his interjection should be put straight in the records of this Mouse. In all sincerity, I ask him to state what I am supposed to have done or said in Singapore so that we may have it all clear and above board. If he will tell the House I in turn can refute what he says or agree that it is correct.

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - I wish to make a personal explanation. If I referred to Singapore I am sorry. It was a slip of the tongue. I meant Saigon and I was referring io what the honorable member for Reid (Mr. Uren) said last evening in his speech on the motion for the adjournment of the House. I still stick to what I said.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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