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Tuesday, 9 November 1971
Page: 3135

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - 1 claim to have been misrepresented by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam).

Mr SPEAKER - Does the Minister wish to make a personal explanation?

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - Yes. The Leader of the Opposition, in making bis persona] explanation, I think sought to suggest that I had been attacking his policy on grounds other than those on which I in fact did attack it. I pointed out that the principal needs test used by this committee in South Australia is basically a pupilteacher ratio needs test and that that just does not make sense, and I gave the reasons for that. I also went on to point out that the National Council for Independent Schools, the Federal Catholic Schools Committee, the New South Wales Catholic Schools Committee and the Australian Parents Council all opposed the honourable gentleman's policy.

Mr Whitlam - Mr Speaker, I confined my remarks, properly, to what the Minister had said about me. I suggest that it is out of order for him to repeat something which had no bearing on anything that even he alleged I had said.

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