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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Debate resumed from 15th March (vide page 266), on motion by Mr. Harold Holt -

That the Housetake note of the following paper -

State of Policy by New Government - Ministerial Statement, 8th March 1966.

Upon which Mr. Calwell had moved by way of amendment-

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to inserting the following words in place thereof - " this House records -

(1)   its most emphatic opposition to the despatch of conscripted youths for service in Vietnam and the increased military commitment in that country, and

(2)   its disapproval of and grave concern at the Government's failure -

(a)   to maintain the purchasing power of the Australian community;

(b)   to retain an adequate and proper Australian share in the ownership and development of our national resources, particularly in Northern Australia;

(c)   to alleviate the effects of the drought and take steps to rehabilitate rural industries and conserve water resources; (ti) to make adequate provision lot housing and associated community facilities, and

(e)   to submit to referendum the two Bills to alter the Constitution in respect of Aborigines and the Parliament which were passed last year and, in connection wilh the latter Bill, to disclose the related distribution proposals ".

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