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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Mr CHRESBY (Griffith) (2:13 AM)

Listening to this debate, I am reminded of the story of Rastus in the cemetery. Looking at a tombstone on which was written, " I am not dead; I only sleep ", Rastus, shook his head and said, " Brother, you ain't kiddin' anybody but yourself ". It is clear that we are kidding ourselves if we think that by continuing the debate on this clause we will change the mind of one single individual in this chamber. Further debate on this subject, whilst it may provide an opportunity for a display of debating ability, can serve no useful purpose. I believe that we have reached the stage at which every one of us has a clear mind on this clause, and that we should take the vote on it.

I have followed the speeches with a great deal of attention, and I am satisfied that what we have done in the debate on this clause is precisely what we did in debating the other clauses of this most controversiall piece of legislation. We have, in one form or another, reiterated what other honorable members have said, pro and con. I repeat that I think the vote should be taken. My mind is made up. I know how I am going to vote, and all the debate in the world will not change my mind. I am going to support the paragraph.

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