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Thursday, 20 October 1949

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! Does the honorable member claim that he has been misrepresented?

Mr SPENDER - Yes, I do. The Minister for External Affairs to-day, and also last week while I was absent from this chamber, said, in reply to questions which had been directed to him by other honorable members, that certain statements that I had made in which I expressed my opinion that this Government, if returned to office, would stop at nothing to achieve its objective of socialization, were untrue and were simple downright untruths.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member is proceeding to debate the point.

Mr SPENDER - No, I am not.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member is entitled to make a personal explanation only if he has been misrepresented, but so far he appears to be trying to argue a point that was madeby the Minister for External Affairs. That is a matter for a statement, and not a matter for a personal explanation.

Mr SPENDER - I am seeking to make a personal explanation.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! So far, the honorable member has not indicated wherein he has been misrepresented.

Mr SPENDER - The Minister for External Affairs conveyed in his reply to-day, and on the previous occasion when I heard from my sick bed the broadcast of his remarks, that, for party political purposes, I had expressed a view that I did not hold. I have been wholly misrepresented in respect of that matter, because the view that I expressed is the view that I firmly hold and I should like, with your leave, sir, to state a few facts upon which that view is based.

Government members. - No.

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