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Thursday, 3 December 1959

Mr McEWEN (Murray) (Minister for Trade) .- I respect the strength of feeling on the part of honorable members which has impelled them to raise a variety of subjects on this occasion. I assure them that the points they have made will be either studied by the various Ministers concerned or considered by the Government. I shall bring to the attention of my colleague, the Postmaster-General (Mr. Davidson), the remarks of the honorable member for Werriwa (Mr. Whitlam). The honorable member for Mallee (Mr. Turnbull) has referred to problems related to soil and water in the practice of irrigation, something of which I have had personal experience, and I shall bring his very important remarks to the attention of the Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Mr. Casey).

I undertake to bring to the attention of the Attorney-General (Sir Garfield Barwick) the case quoted again by the honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward). At this moment, I can make no more comment on it than that. I am sure that the Minister for Immigration (Mr. Downer) will have some thoughts on the matter raised by the honorable member for Bruce (Mr. Snedden). I shall see that the appropriate authorities consider the matter of very human interest referred to by the honorable members for Wilmot (Mr. Duthie) and New England (Mr. Drummond), and in which I know the honorable member for Lyne (Mr. Lucock) is particularly interested. The honorable member for Barton (Mr. Reynolds) has raised a matter of intrinsic importance, affecting Federal-State relationships. It has been discussed many times, but I undertake to see that his remarks are directed to the appropriate quarters.

In the light of arrangements that have been made and of the desire of honorable members to catch particular aircraft, I hope that this may be regarded as the last speech on the motion for the adjournment of the House to-day. In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of honorable members I wish to convey to you our best Christmas wishes.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 4.47 p.m., to a date and hour to be fixed by Mr. Speaker.

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