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Thursday, 7 May 1970

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I would suggest to the honourable member for Reid that he should refrain from interjecting. I have warned him already during question time in this regard. Does the Minister for External Affairs wish to continue?

Mr McMAHON - Yes. As to the domestic problem, it would have been wise if, before coming into the House, the honourable gentleman had read the statement made by Mr Askin-

Mr Uren - He is the one who started it.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I warn the honourable member for Reid.

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - What did he say? Run over the bastards!'

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will withdraw that remark.

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I withdraw it.

Mr McMAHON - I do not regard this as a matter for the type of hilarity which is coming from the other side of the House. I think that it is a serious matter. I repeat the last part of what I was saying a few moments ago. If the honourable gentleman had read the statement made by Mr Askin as reported in today's Press, he would have seen that the Premier of New South Wales understands the nature of this problem, is determined that the police will not use firearms and in fact has warned them that they are to exercise the greatest care and show the greatest discipline to see that where there are minor infringements of the law the people involved are not interfered with.

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