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Tuesday, 17 February 1959

Mr McEWEN - I am not in a position to say what Mr. Crawford, as he then was - he is now Sir John Crawford - may have said last December; but Sir John Crawford is, as we all know and concede, one of Australia's most distinguished public servants, and 1 have no doubt that whatever he said would have been well founded. The Government is not oblivious of the power of prayer; but the Government also places some reliance upon its own policies and its own negotiations. The truth of the matter is, Sir, that notwithstanding a quite serious fall in the value of Australia's principal exports - wool, base metals, wheat, dairy products and other commodities - development in Australia generally, and in the industries 1 have mentioned, in particular, has proceeded at a tempo never before matched in this country, and has produced for all Australians a measure of prosperity which is not only satisfactory at home but is also the envy of the world.

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