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Friday, 10 December 1965


Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) . - I would not have taken part' in this debate had it not been for the comments of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) in regard to speeches made by myself and other members on this side of the House on a previous occasion when economic sanctions were introduced. If the Leader of the Opposition is incapable of discerning the attitude that we took on that occasion it is due to his incapacity as far as his mental arrangement is concerned. What we did argue, and what 1 still argue, is that we feel, as he feels, that the position is fraught with danger. We feel that the mistakes were not only on one side in the past. I am nor talking about the present. As a result of further contacts in certain areas, I still feel that it is possible that if a third party made investigations unofficially there could be a return to the conference tabic. 1 do not feel that such an attempt would be 100 per cent, successful but it is quite possible that a reasonable compromise could be reached on this situation. I do not believe that the blowing up of a power line was the act of Rhodesians. It is the last thing that they would want to do. I do not believe that they want to blow up the Kariba Dam any more than anyone else because of the effect it would have on Rhodesia as well as Zambia.

I deplore the statements that have been made by the British Prime Minister in which he has called people traitors and liars. I do not think that helps the situation any more than it does for the Leader of the Opposition to refer to arrogance and so on. The Leader of the Opposition has said that any sympathy for the rebels is to be deplored. On the other hand, he ignores entirely any sympathy for North Vietnam that has been exhibited on his side of the House just lately. Why the difference? Why are members on his side of the House prepared to give sympathy to the Communists of North Vietnam but not prepared to make such efforts as they can to have this very unfortunate contretemps brought back to the conference table? I blame the British Prime Minister for a lot of what has happened.


Mr Calwell - We do not give sympathy to the Communists of North Vietnam.


Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - The honorable Leader of the Opposition should read what the honorable member for Reid (Mr. Uren) said last night and investigate what he did in Singapore recently.


Mr Bryant - I have sympathy for them but none for the honorable member for Chisholm.


Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - The honorable member can go ahead and smear as long as he likes. It does not worry me. 1 shall answer the Opposition's argument.


Dr J F Cairns (YARRA, VICTORIA) - Produce the evidence.


Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - The honorable member for Yarra can produce the evidence of the John Birch Society.


Dr J F Cairns (YARRA, VICTORIA) - The honorable member should support the remarks he has just made.







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