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Thursday, 14 May 1970


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Hallett

The Leader of the Opposition may only give the reasons for moving the motion.


Mr WHITLAM - You will pardon me, Sir, for pointing out that the Minister for Defence (Mr Malcolm Fraser) was not in the House at any time this morning and made no effort to speak to that motion. The second clause of the motion proposed by the honourable member for Chisholm, namely that negotiations should be undertaken with the British Government to base 2 aircraft carriers at Cockburn Sound after 1970, is one upon which the Minister for Navy has not expressed a view. Nor is the Minister for Defence prepared to express a point of view on it. The elaborate pro cedures which were adopted this morning to leave the Minister 19 minutes in which to make his 20 minute speech-


Mr Irwin - I rise to a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I move: 'That the matter be now put'.







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