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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 3023

Mr GRAHAM (North Sydney) - I should like to make a very brief reference to this matter. My colleague and friend, the honourable member for Wills (Mr Bryant), has referred to the Public Accounts Committee in relation to this matter. All I wish to say - and it is relevant insofar as you, Mr Speaker, have permitted the honourable member for Wills to make this comment - is that in the days of the Labor government there was no Public Accounts Committee because in those circumstances the due judgment of the right honourable member for Macquarie at that time was that this Parliament would be better off without a public accounts committee. I find it to be an extraordinary political comment on the part of the honourable member for Wills who, with great continuity and great fervour-

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable gentleman must address himself to the motion. I remind him that the motion deals with approval of the works, and the question is that the motion be agreed to.

Mr GRAHAM - I would like to support everything that the honourable member for Wakefield (Mr Kelly) has said. I merely bring to your attention, Sir, that the reference to the Public Accounts Committee was not only unfortunate but also, with great respect, irrelevant.

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