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Thursday, 13 October 1949

Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) .- The Minister for Works and Housing (Mr. Lemmon) has acted like a spoilt boy whose rocking horse has been criticized by one of his playmates. He is not big enough to accept the reasonable and courteous suggestions made to him by the honorable member for Darwin (Dame Enid Lyons). His speech in reply to the honorable member shows that he is scarcely fit to occupy his ministerial position. The proper place in which such a matter should be discussed is the Parliament itself, and not at a meeting of the Joint House Committee. It is appropriate that such a matter should be raised during the consideration of the Works Estimates. In raising this matter the honorable member for Darwin had no thought for her own electorate. She raised it solely in the interests of women workers in this building. She will not gain a single vote as the result of having done so. That is also true of the comments that were made by the honorable member for Bourke (Mrs. Blackburn). Both honorable members have made their suggestions in the mildest and most courteous manner. The Minister should be ashamed of himself for having made such a scurrilous attack on the honorable member for Darwin.

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