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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1281

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . - I do not accept the proposition that has been advanced. This matter has been given an emphasis which it does not deserve. I say that deliberately. Certain ammunition has been marked " Not for Issue ", but this is the normal procedure in any undertaking in which safety precautions must be taken. Certain ammunition has been put to one side and marked " Not for Issue ", but that is no cause for-

Senator Wright - Did not the Minister say that aa inquiry was pursued as far afield as Europe for the purpose of detecting the reason for the defects?

Senator ANDERSON - There is a death bed anxiety about something which had been the subject of repeated questions in this place but had never caused a ripple. Now that Senator McClelland has raised the matter again, it becomes one of great national importance. The Minister in another place has given adequate replies to the questions that have been raised. Far from deferring this item, I suggest that some honorable senators should defer their criticisms and read what the Minister has said.

Senator Wright - If the Minister is addressing himself to me, we shall see what way we go.

Senator ANDERSON - I am addressing myself to the honorable senator.

Senator Wright - The Minister will treat senators with due respect.

Senator ANDERSON - I treat the honorable senator with respect, but I do not think he is treating the Minister and the Department with respect in his criticism. To suggest that there is some great degree of inefficiency or some great deficiency at that establishment is not fair either to the Australian workmen who are employed there or to the Department. I am not prepared to put to the Committee a proposition for deferment.

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