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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 2516

Senator HANNAN (Victoria) - I support the Opposition's amendment because of the very important principles involved. I do not propose to traverse all the words in it. This evening's debate inevitably takes the minds of honourable senators in this chamber- no doubt the members of the other place also would have the same view- back to perhaps Australia's greatest Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, who pioneered the just principle of the giving of some assistance to independent schools. At that time Sir Robert was fiercely opposed and attacked by the honourable humbugs opposite who are now screaming so loud and who are now weeping crocodile tears in respect of the poor Catholic schools. I have never heard such nonsense. The winds of change were blowing then and there was a move for the making of grants available for science blocks. I remember an honourable senator from the Australian Labor Party getting up in this chamber and saying: 'This is the most iniquitous legislation ever to come before the Parliament'.

Senator Poyser - Who said that?

Sentor HANNAN- Does the honourable senator really want me to tell him?

Senatory Poyser- Yes.

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