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Thursday, 30 June 1949


Mr SPENDER (Warringah) . - Since my name has been mentioned in this matter of alleged disorderly conduct by the Minister for Information (Mr. Calwell), I wish to make it clear that nothing I said, or did, was responsible for the Minister falling over the ropes. He fell over them of his own accord; and, possibly, that is one reason why the honorable member for Reid (Mr. Lang) regarded his action as discourteous. Further, I was induced to say that I was going home, because the Minister told me, not that he was going to move the adjournment of the debate, but that he proposed to conclude the debate. Originally, I was to be given the adjournment of the debate; but, subsequently, other counsels prevailed. The Minister saw an opportunity to answer the debate over the air whilst Opposition members would not be heard at all over the air.







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