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Tuesday, 12 May 1970

Mr GORTON (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - I would say at the beginning that I am happy and I believe the Government is happy that the demonstrations were peaceful demonstrations. On the other hand, I am not at all sure - I have grave doubts - whether many of the Communist organisers are equally happy that they were peaceful demonstrations. As for the other part of the honourable member's question, Government policy is to be determined at the ballot box on policies put to the electors at election time. These were put to the people of Australia at the last election and they were determined. I can assure the honourable member that that will be the democratic way in which this Government will formulate its policies; not as a result of marches in the streets.

Mr Snedden - Mr Speaker, in. the honourable gentleman's question there was reference to a statement made by me.

Mr Bryant - I rise to a point of order. Under what provision of the Standing Orders is the Minister making a statement? Is he asking for leave to make a statement, is he answering the question, or is he just trying to pull his head in?

Mr SPEAKER - Does the Minister wish to make a statement? If so, I suggest that it might be made after question time.

Mr Snedden - The question concerned the Prime Minister or any of h"s Ministers.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Minister has not leave to make a statement at this stage.

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