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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 830

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Prospect will withdraw that remark and apologise.

Dr Klugman - Is the word 'hypocrite1 unparliamentary?

Mr SPEAKER - Yes. The honourable member will withdraw it.

Dr Klugman - In that case I withdraw it.

Mr SPEAKER - And he will apologise.

Dr Klugman - And I apologise.

Mr Hayden - He is an honourable hypocrite.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Oxley will withdraw the words honourable hypocrite'.

Mr Hayden - Is 'honourable hypocrite' not parliamentary?

Mr SPEAKER -I think the honourable member has been here long enough to know the answer to that. I suggest that he withdraw the term immediately.

Mr Hayden - I withdraw the statement that the Minister for Social Services is an honourable hypocrite.

Mr WENTWORTH - Having heard a few moments ago the bitter and tendentious speech of the honourable member for Prospect (Dr Klugman) I know exactly the kind of thing that is in his mind where he uses terms like that. There is nothing else that I need to say. I told the House that there was little that needed to be said. I draw the attention of the House and the country to the way in which the Opposition treats this serious question and the way in which it looks on the poor as people who are to be exploited simply for political purposes. It is no accident that it regards as its blue ribbon seats the ones in which there is most poverty. It is no accident that members of the Labor Party and their State confreres are always distressed at anything that is done to alleviate poverty in their seats, because they believe that it is on poverty that they get votes. This is a disgusting attitude and the country will repudiate it.

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