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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr SPEAKER - Order!

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - All

I want to say is that it is strange that sympathies from members of the Opposition are directed in one direction and not in another. I feel, like the Prime Minister, that it is very unfortunate that we had to put on extra economic sanctions. As the Leader of the Opposition said, ineffectual policies can only lead to bloodshed. I feel that unless somebody makes a major effort - and probably it has to be a third party acting unofficially in this case - to get the two parties together again at the conference table, then the situation is only going to go from bad to worse. Therefore, while I strongly support the action of the Government and the Prime Minister, I hope the position will not be made worse by people referring to other people as traitors and liars and as being arrogant. As long as the use of adjectives and nouns of that nature continues it will prevent any chance of getting the parties back to the conference table where they may be able to come to a reasonable compromise.

That is all I wanted to say. I deny the interpretation that the Leader of the Opposition placed on the speeches made by myself and other honorable members on this side of the House. We are behind the Prime Minister in what he has done. We are with him when he says that he dislikes this action very much but at the same time we realise the delicacy of the position in which a few other people have been put, as well.

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