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Thursday, 1 September 1960

Mr MINOGUE (West Sydney) . - 1 would like to say a few words on the subject raised by the honorable member for Bradfield (Mr. Turner). It is typical of the honorable member and of the Government that they should treat the reerection of this clock in the way they have treated other matters. I thank the honorable member for Bradfield for coming with us when we, had an inspection of the clock. However, he did not seem able to agree with the honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth). They argued about which bell would be best and which clock would be best. We spent a day on the inspection and when we returned to the General Post Office we agreed that we should find out immediately whether the foundations were good. This would cost about £400 or £500. The honorable member has now spoken a lot of nonsense, about what should be done. I had a letter from another honorable member the other day saying that the Postmaster-General (Mr. Davidson) did not seem to think that we should spend the money at this time

Mr Wheeler - Tell us about the clock ever the convenience in Martin-place.

Mr MINOGUE - The clock over the convenience, as I have mentioned here before, satisfies this Government; we would not expect a more appreciative attitude on the part of this Government in this matter, although Sydney is the greatest city in the British Commonwealth. The Government prefers to make party political capital out of the General Post Office clock; it has no intention of re-erecting it. The PostmasterGeneral has robbed the people of £20,000,- 000 over the last twelve months.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! That expression is unparliamentary. I ask the honorable member to withdraw it.

Mr MINOGUE - Well, he has taken that money from them.

Mr SPEAKER - I ask the honorable member to withdraw the word " robbed ".

Mr MINOGUE - I withdraw it. Time and time again during the past nine years,

I have asked the Government to do something about the clock. If it were now sincere about re-erecting the clock, 1 would not have risen in my place to-night, know very well that those two gentlemen crossed Sydney Harbour for no other reason than to make capital out of this clock. In twelve months time the City Council and the Labour government that will be in power here will put the clock back, and once again it will show the correct time.

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