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Thursday, 7 May 1970

Mr WHITLAM - I address a question to the Acting Prime Minister. It is only the second question which he has been asked during his present tenure. My question concerns the ban on the export of merino rams which the honourable member for Farrer and I raised at question time 4 weeks ago. Since then there has again been a debate on the matter in another place where it emerged that the majority of members were still of the opinion, which they expressed by their votes a year earlier, that the ban should not be lifted. I now ask the right honourable gentleman whether the Government will sponsor a debate and a vote on this issue in this House. In case it is suggested that the Opposition should propose a motion on this matter, I would point out that not since March 1965 has it proved possible to have a vote in this House on any of the numerous motions introduced by private members on either the Government side or the Opposition side.

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