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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 4376

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

The SPEAKER -Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ENGLAND - Yes. I asked a question in question time of the Minister for Labour. First, he claimed that my question was inaudible. That is the first time I have ever been accused in this House of being inaudible. In any case, if the Minister could not hear me he might have asked me to repeat my question rather than go on in the way he did. He said, if I remember the words correctly: 'If he wants cheap labour for that purpose - '. My question did not mention cheap labour and I will tell him that at closer range afterwards if he cannot hear me now. My question did not mention cheap labour nor did it imply cheap labour. If the Minister will confer with officers of his Department he will find that domestic labour is scarce at the wages recommended by the Department. I found the answer grossly offensive, but that, Mr Speaker was not surprising.

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