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Wednesday, 24 September 1958


Mr COPE (Watson) .- I listened with very great interest to the remarks of the honorable member for Mallee (Mr. Turnbull) regarding Labour's plank of socialization. He said that we did not say anything about this at election time. It would be most interesting to hear the honorable member for Mallee or any other Australian Country party member get up on the stump at election time and say that he did not believe in socialization because, if the Australian Country party did not believe in socialization there would not be any butter subsidies or special freight concessions in time of drought. Those benefits represent phases of socialization. The honorable member for Richmond (Mr. Anthony) should be the last one to oppose socialism because one of the greatest socialized industries in the whole of Australia is in his electorate. I refer to the Norco Butter Company. The farmers had to form that company themselves because they were being exploited so much by private enterprise. They took the matter into their own hands and socialized that factory.

Last night, during the adjournment debate, the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Harold Holt) referred again to the internal workings of the Australian Labour party and to a statement made by a Dr. Burton. Dr. Burton, I suppose, is quite at liberty to make whatever statement he sees fit to make, but he does not make statements on behalf of the Australian Labour party. Does the honorable member for Chisholm (Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes) speak for the Government when he opposes its policy of trading with red countries? ls he the spokesman for the Government? In reply to a question which I asked the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) to-day, the right honorable gentleman said that the honorable member for Chisholm was quite entitled to say whatever he liked. Is not Dr. Burton entitled to say whatever he likes? Honorable members opposite cannot have it both ways.

I do not want to delay the House: because 1 know it is getting very late, but last Wednesday I mentioned the inner Cabinet, which is sometimes known as the first eleven. I apologize for not having mentioned that the first eleven is a very unbalanced team because the Government has omitted to include, as a googly bowler, the Minister for Social Services (Mr. Roberton).

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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