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Tuesday, 24 February 1959

Mr HASLUCK (Curtin) (Minister for Territories) . - in reply - The Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) quite properly directed the attention of the House to some matters that require the attention of the House Committee. I think that the honorable member for KingsfordSmith (Mr. Curtin) may have been a little ungenerous in charging honorable members on this side of the House with timidity because they did not raise the matter of accommodation for the press. The honorable member for Kingsford-Smith should recognize that, compared with other honorable members, he has unusual natural advantages in his dealings with the press. He has a capacity that very few of us have, the capacity of being able to say the sort of thing, and be involved in the sort of scene, that makes news. Not all of us have that natural advantage.

To honorable members who have raised these matters, 1 suggest that they are eminently matters with which the House Committee can deal. I suggest that the matters that have been mentioned this afternoon, and any others that honorable members may have in mind, might be brought before the incoming House Committee. All parties are represented on that committee, and through the representative of his party any honorable member can ensure that matters are brought forward for attention.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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