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Wednesday, 16 February 1977

Mr SCHOLES (Corio) -This is a very narrow and limited measure. The Opposition believes that it should go through the Parliament with the minimum delay. I think it is unfortunate that this debate should evolve into a general defence debate. I think there are other times and other opportunities for such debates. I would hope this practice does not continue. The Opposition does not oppose the Bill. The Opposition does not see anything in the Bill that warrants debate. We could congratulate the Minister for Defence (Mr Killen) or say that someone else should have taken this action at some other time, but we do not believe in wasting the time of the House with superfluous debate on matters which could easily be raised elsewhere. The Opposition supports the Bill.

Mr Hodgman -Mr Deputy SpeakerI ask for a withdrawal of the remarks from the honourable member for Corio that I was wasting time. It is a reflection, Sir, and I object to it.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock -I was going to say that this is a Bill which has something to do with air but I suggest to the honourable member for Denison that he is a little oversensitive. I do not think that any of the remarks of the honourable member for Corio were a personal reflection on the honourable member for Denison.

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