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Thursday, 27 October 1949


Mr DEDMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Defence) - I did notice a statement in the Melbourne Herald of the night before, last by the Leader of the Opposition that, if another war broke out, we should be. in the thick of it. within a few days.. I find it quite impossible to reconcile that opinion with the statements of the Leader of the Australian Country party, and other members of the Opposition,, that we should use our defence reserve stocks of petrol.


Mr Fadden - The Minister said that there, would be no war for ten years.


Mr DEDMAN - Never mind what I said. There is complete incompatibility between the statement made by the. Leader of the Opposition and those of the Leader of the Australian Country party and other honorable gentlemen opposite. On the one hand, the Leader of the Opposition says that if there is another war we shall be in the thick of it in a few days, and, on the other hand, the other honorable gentlemen I have mentioned, urge that we should use our defence stocks of petrol.







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