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Tuesday, 23 October 1973
Page: 2526

Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Minister for Services and Property and Leader of the House) - I am also prompted to become a little lyrical by the final words of the honourable member for New England (Mr Sinclair). I quote to him some words from Edmund Burke's 'Observations on " The Present State of the Nation " published in 1796. They are:

It is a general popular error to Imagine the loudest complaint's for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.

Does that not apply to those opposite today? I am pleased that the honourable member for New England dwelt on the members of the present Ministry because later on in this speech I intend to devote a little of my time to the exmembers of the Ministry on the other side of the Parliament. Then I will ask for the fair minded judgment of all the people of Australia to see whether the guilty men who sit on the other side are not responsible for the situation in Australia today not the brilliant men who today lead this country from these front benches.

Before I do so, however, very briefly in the time at my disposal I shall deal with the final section of this censure motion moved against the Government. Section (f) states that the Government is to be condemned because of its mismanagement of the national Parliament. Even though I might not be that astute, I think that section refers to me as Leader of the House. I shall give honourable members opposite the record of this Government in respect of the administration of the affairs of this Parliament and all again may judge how it has gone. Any fair minded honourable member will agree that under this Government the proceedings are conducted in accordance with the Standing Orders and the highest traditions of Parliament. They exemplify dignity, respectability, patience, tolerance, fairness and justice.

Mr Nixon - You do not mind if I leave do you?

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