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Friday, 5 June 1970

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - 1 ask the Minister for Primary Industry a question concerning the relaxation of the ban on the export of merino rams, a matter which the honourable member for Farrer and I raised in this House 8 weeks ago and which I raised again 4 weeks ago. The Minister will remember that since this matter was first raised by the honourable member for Farrer and me there has again been a debate on it in another place, where it emerged that the majority of members there were still of the opinion which they expressed by their votes a year earlier that the ban should not be lifted. I now ask the Minister whether the Government will sponsor a debate and a vote on this issue in this House in this new Parliament. In case it is again suggested that the Opposition should propose a motion on this matter, I would point out that not since March 1965 has it proved possible to have a vote in this House on any of the numerous motions introduced by private members on either the Government side or the Opposition side, we having found again yesterday-

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