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Thursday, 25 September 1958

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - It would certainly be refreshing to the Premier of South Australia to know that the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Forbes) had got up in this Parliament - or anywhere else for that matter - and said something good about him. We all recall vividly the honorable member's denunciation of the Premier of South Australia in connexion with the River Murray Agreement and the Snowy Mountains Agreement, when he described the Premier's opposition to this Government's attempt to pilfer from South Australia its share of the diverted water as paltry and uninformed. We can recall his statements in the public press in South Australia about the Premier's lack of knowedge of the subject of education. He seemed to agree with many other persons who criticized the Premier of South Australia on his pontifications on the question of homework for high school children. The honorable member for Barker, as we know, got into quite a deal of hot water in his own State. I think many persons inside his own party feel that there is much logic in the criticism that they are now hearing within the party regarding the activities of the Adelaide Club in selecting people to represent country areas whose interest in and knowledge of those areas is as limited as is the interest and knowledge of the majority of members of the Adelaide Club.

I think we can take with a grain of salt everything that the honorable member for Barker has said, and perhaps put it down to the fact that he is now trying once again to curry favour with the Premier of South Australia, whom he formerly thought he could treat with contempt and disdain, but who, now that he knows more of the ramifications of the Liberal party, he recognizes as a man whom he must respect and with whom he must get on side.

To the extent that the honorable member was able to make a case out of very bad material, I congratulate him on his effort this afternoon, but I would like to put the other side of the story.

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