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Wednesday, 1 October 1958

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) . - in reply - While I appreciate the consideration shown by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) on behalf of his party in giving a speedy passage to this motion I think that whatever validity there might be in the criticism generally of the late presentation of reports, it certainly cannot be applied to this particular document, because it relates to the year ended 30th June, 1958. I should think that it is almost remarkable that a document of this size and importance should be tabled and a motion for its printing moved by this stage of the year.

While I am on my feet on this matter, I feel that I should mention to the House, with very great regret, that Sir Ian CluniesRoss recently suffered a rather serious illness. He is making good progress in hospital and I am sure that all honorable members will join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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