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Thursday, 1 December 1960

Mr COPE (WATSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should like to support the remarks of the honorable member for Bowman (Mr. McColm) in presenting the report of the Forty-ninth Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union which was held in Tokyo recently. I was privileged to be a member of the Australian delegation. As the honorable member for Bowman has said, we suffered a grave misfortune in the sad and untimely death of our leader, Mr. Frank Timson. I believe that an appropriate motion of regret was moved in this Parliament and I should like to associate myself with that motion and the sentiments then expressed by the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) and the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell). Mr. Timson was a very capable leader and a very popular member of the group. I should alsolike to mention that the deputy leader of the group, Senator Cooke, worked very assiduously on behalf of the delegation.

One must realize that very many onerous duties are attached to such a conference. When I was selected as a member of the group to go to the Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Tokyo I went there with the thought that possibly the InterParliamentary Union might not serve any useful purpose. However, after returning to Australia I say publicly that I am thoroughly convinced that it is a very worthwhile organization which is creating goodwill amongst the nations concerned. It is helping to find ways of assisting underprivileged countries to improve their educational and living standards.

The conferences of the union also provide opportunities to learn the problems of other countries. As has been mentioned by the honorable member for Bowman we can understand the problems of other countries only by going there and seeing them for ourselves. The world is now a very small place; we are part of it, and we cannot afford to isolate ourselves from what other countries are thinking and saying. Finally, I say that this is a very worth-while organization and that, in this

Parliament, I shall always support its retention.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Chaney) adjourned.

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