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Thursday, 16 March 1961

Mr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Acting Prime Minister. Is it not a fact that the people who have looked most deeply into the meaning of the Commonwealth relationship have regarded the principle that members should not sit in judgment on one another as one of the most fundamental principles underpinning the whole relationship? Has this principle now been violated for the first time? Is it not also a fact that if the principle which has previously enabled the Commonwealth to function is violated, the Commonwealth must change in character, and that we have almost certainly seen the destruction of one of the most hopeful attempts at cooperative international organization the world has ever seen?

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