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Wednesday, 20 May 1970

The CHAIRMAN - Order!

Mr JESS - When my distinguished friend who, I believe, gained most of his experience on the waterfront, feels himself fitted to-

Mr Foster - It is a pity you did not go there. You might become educated.

Mr JESS - I would not like to enter into a discussion on that point. Let me proceed on the line of argument that I was adopting. I presume that nobody will deny the truth of the proposition I have put. The honourable member for Lalor (Dr J. F. Cairns) has not denied it. He made the statement, and I think he sticks by it with sincerity-

Dr J F Cairns (LALOR, VICTORIA) - Why should he deny it? Of course he made it.

Mr JESS - Well, your friend, the honourable member for Sturt, seems to be protesting a bit. It seems to me, at this stage, that this is a Bill of great expectations. The honourable member for Lalor said: *We expect that'. The Minister for Trade and Industry said: 'We expect that*. The Minister for Shipping and Transport (Mr Sinclair), who is at the table, said: 'We expect that'. It is reasonable, I think, for those of us who may be more cautious beings to expect that certain things could happen. This is all that I am prepared to say. If it were not for what the honourable member for Lalor said in respect of this clause I would not have risen and supported the amendment. I would have accepted the assurance given by the Deputy Prime Minister. The weakness of this clause and the strength of the amendment moved by the honourable member for Lilley became apparent as the glee and great anticipation with which honourable members on the Opposition side greeted this measure became clearer and clearer. I will support the amendment. If there were a division on it, quite frankly I would vote for the amendment.

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