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Thursday, 7 May 1970


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Scholes (CORIO, VICTORIA) - All remarks will be directed through the Chair.


Mr COHEN - Speaking through you, Mr Deputy Speaker, may I say that the honourable member for Mallee has just made one of his best contributions since I have been in the House. Where were you in 1960, prior to the American involvement? You - I speak again through the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker - did not know where Vietnam was. You were not interested. You could not have cared less about the illiteracy, the disease, the repression, the political assassination that went on. Honouarable members opposite did not care whether there were elections. They suddenly got interested when there was some sort of uprising against the regime that was supported by the Americans. Where will the Liberal Party be when the war finally ends and when 1 million to 3 million people are going to be assassinated? What are you going to do? What is the LiberalCountry Party going to do about the 1 million to 3 million people who are going to be assassinated? They are very concerned, Mr Deputy Speaker, that these people are going to be murdered by the North Vietnamese. Will they urge the Minister for Immigration (Mr Lynch) and the Prime Minister (Mr Gorton) to accept as migrants a proportion of the South Vietnamese threatened with death?


Mr Jess - The Labor Party would oppose it.


Mr COHEN - I will support it and I will fight for it.







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