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Friday, 15 May 1970

Motion of Censure

Accordingly, there is no alternative but for me to move an amendment of no confidence in the behaviour of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet on this matter in a deliberate and flagrant breach of a serious commitment entered into between the Commonwealth and the States by a responsible Cabinet Minister, acting in good faith, and accepted by responsible State Ministers. Accordingly I move, as an amendment:

That the following words be added to the motion: 'and that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet lack the confidence of the House because they failed to honour a commitment made to the States by the previous Minister for National Development, acting for and on behalf of the Commonwealth Government, that there would be further consultation with the States before the Commonwealth Government introduced any legislation on the territorial sea and continental shelf.'

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