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Thursday, 30 August 1973
Page: 672

Mr ENGLAND (Calare) - Mr Deputy Speaker,I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Luchetti)Doesthe honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ENGLAND - Yes, I claim to have been misrepresented quite grievously. Last night, in the debate on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) the Minister for Services and Property (Mr Daly), with his responsible position as Leader of the House and his usual tirade against the Country Party, said:

From memory, not one member of the Country Party has ever won more than 50 per cent of the primary votes before being elected to this Parliament. Of course they get more than SO per cent after the distribution of preferences, but not one Country Party member has ever gained a majority on the first count.

I see that the Minister prefaced that statement by saying 'from memory'. I rise to jog his memory. In my case it is correct that preferences were counted in the election of 1960. But in the elections of 1961, 1963, 1966, 1969 and 1972 I received the support of my constituents to the extent of an absolute majority. In 1966 I received a record majority for my electorate of some 10,000 votes. I have a list of Country Party members who, if they can-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Luchetti)Order!I think the honourable member has made his position clear. It is not a matter of making a case for the Country Party. The honourable member has been misrepresented. I think he has made his position clear and that is all that the House requires.

Mr ENGLAND - Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thought I could save the time of the House. There are 11 other Country Party members who will rise and make the same personal explanation as I did. Mr Deputy Speaker, if you would permit me to mention those members it would save the time of the House. That is what I am concerned about.

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