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Thursday, 27 November 1986
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Mr IAN CAMERON —by leave-I had the privilege of representing the Parliament at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference in London. As the two previous speakers have already done, I, on behalf of my wife Jill and myself, thank the British Government for its hospitality. A number of wives went with delegates, and of course the British parliamentarians saw to it that they were also very well looked after and given many tours around the city while the Conference was on. I also congratulate the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Humphreys) on being elected as the Vice-President of the Association. It is to be remembered that in 1988 the Conference will be held-in our new Parliament House-provided it is completed. It will be a great occasion for Australians, particularly for the honourable member for Griffith, to welcome the delegates from throughout the world to that Conference in our 200th year. I also mention that next year the Conference will be held in Malaysia, a very near neighbour of ours and a member of the Commonwealth. Obviously, delegates will be attending and I am sure that they will be well looked after.

Without being too political, I guess our overwhelming impression while travelling concerns the value of our dollar. It was terribly expensive living in London, but I congratulate the British Government and the British people on the wonderful job they are doing in controlling pollution. The overall impression I got was that they are cleaning up the wonderful old buildings they have. They have re-gilted Big Ben. I give credit to the people there for trying to control the tremendous pollution problem they have had. We were fortunate enough to travel on to other places on our way home to see pollution in may parts of the industrial world. It is very bad and something of which we should take note and concentrate on in this country. I support any endeavours we undertake in this country to try to keep pollution under control. I thank the people from the secretariat here in Parliament House who did all the spade work and the girls in the office who helped to organise our travel and ensured we got there and returned in safe and sound order.