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Thursday, 13 April 1972
Page: 1592

Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) (Minister for Social Services) - Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER -Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented ?

Mr WENTWORTH - Yes, Mr Speaker. The honourable member for Grayndler (Mr Daly) said that the Government's social services policies were based on a decision made 25 years ago. That of course is not true. The Government's social service policies have made immense strides in the last 25 years since the lamentable days of a Labor government. All I said was that our policy in this matter was founded on what the Labor Party had decided when last in office. That was all I said and I stand by it. 1 know that the honourable member for Grayndler is somewhat slow witted. He has had only a fortnight to consider these papers.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I would ask the Minister to withdraw that remark. I will not hear any further reflections on honourable members.

Mr WENTWORTH - Indeed, Mr Speaker. I know the honourable member for Grayndler has had only a fortnight to consider these papers and, with his sharp wit, I hope that he will shortly at least be able to read them.

Mr Whitlam - I rise to order. The Minister said that the honourable member for Grayndler has had a fortnight. I think the Minister made reference to the papers only 2 days ago.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! There is no substance in the point of order.

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