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Wednesday, 24 September 1958

Mr TURNBULL (Mallee) .- When the honorable member for Blaxland (Mr. E.

James Harrison) was speaking, I interjected that the people to whom he was referring were getting more than 5s. a day. That interjection was, I think, justified. Men who served their country in time of war never look for any praise, and they do not want it when it is given to them. They believe that they only did their duty, and that when a country is in danger any man worth his salt will do his duty to protect it. But when I hear the honorable member for Blaxland say how members of the trade unions had sleepless nights during the war because of all that they had to do I find it rather tiresome. I have heard him repeat such statements every year for two or three years and have answered him on every occasion.

I give the men of whom he speaks every credit. I agree that probably some of them could not have gone to the war because they were in certain occupations which were necessary to the conduct of the war. But I do not know how the honorable member for Blaxland can stand up and talk about the great sacrifices made by people who remained in this great country during the war. That kind of statement becomes very tiresome to me. Therefore, whenever he speaks along those lines, I shall interject and shall try to put the matter in some form of decent perspective.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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