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Thursday, 17 March 1966

Mr SPEAKER - Order! We must have some order in the House. I heard a remark about inviting comment, but I think we are getting a little too much of it now. The purpose of question time is for honorable members to seek information on urgent matters, and I think the replies that are given should be examples to the questioner;.

Mr HAROLD HOLT - I conclude by taking up the interjection just made by the Leader of the Opposition. He talks about calling up conscripts but he fails to add the words, " for the security of this country " although that, of course, is the purpose of the national service call-up. A Labour Government, of which he was either a member or a supporter did call up conscripts.

Mr Clyde Cameron - I raise a point of order, Mr. Speaker.

Mr HAROLD HOLT - You can't take it.

Mi:Clyde Cameron. - My point of order is this: The honorable member for Bonython asked a question and the Prime Minister, after a long speech, answered it. Now he proposes to make another speech in answer to an interjection made by the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! There is no substance in the point of order and I point out to honorable members that interjections lengthen the time taken by a Minister in replying.

Mr HAROLD HOLT - My final comment is that it is true that we have made arrangements to call up 20 year old men for the security of this country. The honorable gentleman's Government called up 18 year old men for the security of this country.

Mr Calwell - That was for the defence of Australia, not for the defence of Air Vice-Marshal Ky.

Mr HAROLD HOLT - Yes, and if the honorable gentleman denies that the military action in South Vietnam can properly be considered to be for the security of Australia, the people of this country will form their own judgment on that.

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