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Thursday, 19 February 1959

Mr JOSKE (Balaclava) .- It is well known, Sir, that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) has to fight for his place in the Australian Labour party, and it is because of that that he has made the kind of speech that we have heard to-night. The people of Australia know that there is nothing in it, because they have heard that type of thing from him for years and years, but have not returned to office the party which he represents. The people inside and outside this chamber know that the statements made by the honorable member to-night have no substance. They are not the kind of statements we usually hear from him and which we usually disregard. We know that he made them to-night only because he realized that two members on the front bench beside him were prepared to claw him down from the position he holds as Deputy Leader of the Opposition. His attitude to-night was purely a facade - nothing else. I, with every other decent member of this House, deeply resent the cruel, harsh and wicked statements that have been made to-night about the honorable member for Sturt (Mr. Wilson). I venture to say that no other honorable member of this or any parliament of Australia has done as much as he has for the underprivileged people of this country. I disregard the interjectors on the hurdy-gurdy opposite. We on this side of the chamber have become used to it. It is now rather rusty, but we must put up with it. The honorable member for Sturt is a gentleman whom I hold in the highest esteem. (Several honorable members rising in their places) -

Motion (by Mr. Hasluck) put-

That the question be now put.

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