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Friday, 9 September 1949


Mr DEDMAN (Corio) (Minister for Defence and Minister for Post-war Reconstruction) . - Since the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Menzies) does not propose to offer any argument on this motion, it is not necessary for me to do so, either. I merely wish to make this point : The right honorable gentleman suggested that every matter brought before the House should be considered on its merits. My reply is that every matter brought before the House is considered on its merits, but it can happen that a proposition which the Leader of the Opposition and honorable members opposite think has some merit, in the opinion of the Government has no merit at all.

Question put -

That the motion be agreed to.







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