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Thursday, 18 May 1972
Page: 2764

Mr GRAHAM (North Sydney) - Normally I would take no part in this debate as I am accustomed to some of the histrionics that one sees from time to time from members of the Opposition. However, on this occasion, in direct rebuttal of what has been said by my friend, the honourable member for Wills (Mr Bryant), I wish to say to the House and particularly to the honourable member for Wills that I believe that the personal attack which has been made in the interests of certain coming events in the State of Queensland ought to he. refuted. To charge the Leader of the

House, the honourable member for Darling Downs (Mr Swartz), with having been guilty of some line of conduct which threatens the proper functioning of this Parliament is an outrage in itself. I wish to place on record-

Mr Keogh - Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. I want to make it quite clear that I did not blame the honourable member for Darling Downs for what is being inflicted upon the people of Queensland.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! There is no substance in the point of order. I do not think the honourable member for Bowman has been referred to.

Mr GRAHAM - If the honourable member who raised that point of order had listened to me he would have heard me say that I was referring particularly to the honourable member for Wills. I want to place on record in this House that the record of personal service to this country rendered by the honourable and gallant member for Darling Downs in peace and war, may be equalled by many but is surpassed by very few who have ever sat in this place. The bridge of that service goes from his own electorate of Darling Downs to a place called the bridge over the River Kwai. I ask the honourable member for Wills to remember this and to withdraw and apologise for that very wicked attack upon the integrity and the career of the honourable member for Darling Downs.

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