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Wednesday, 25 February 1959

Mr FREETH (Forrest) (Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works) . - I do not propose to embark on any detailed debate with the honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) on the points that he has raised. I simply wish to observe that he claimed great merit because he was at one time a member of a democratically elected Cabinet. I should like to comment, also, that he has had great experience from time to time in leaving a democratically elected Cabinet, either by suspension or by dismissal.

Mr Calwell - He was never dismissed.

Mr FREETH - Well, suspended, shall we say.

Mr Calwell - He never resigned.

Mr FREETH - Then let me put it this way, since honorable members opposite seem sensitive about it: The honorable member for East Sydney speaks with an air of authority about going into and coming out of cabinets. All the members of the Menzies ministries who have left the Government for one reason or another, I am confident, have left in a far more honorable way than did the honorable member for East Sydney.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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