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Friday, 5 June 1970

Dr PATTERSON (Dawson) - Mr Speaker,I move:

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the honourable member for Dawson moving a motion relating to the export of merino rams.

Mr Grassby - I second the motion and reserve my right to speak.

Dr PATTERSON - If the Standing Orders are suspended I propose to move a motion similar to that carried by a majority of senators on 29th April 1969. After all I assume that they have some part in the affairs of this Parliament. A motion to the same effect was supported by a majority of senators on 21st April 1970. The motion carried on 29th April 1969 was:

That the Senate is of opinion that the embargo on the export of merinos should not be removed at this time and that the embargo should remain in force until a majority of those persons affected shall decide by referendum or other fair means in favour of removing or relaxing the embargo.

That is the purpose of moving the motion for the suspension of Standing Orders. In March last year, in a shock announcement to this Parliament, the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Anthony) informed not only this Parliament but the wool growers of Australia that the Government intended partially to relax the ban on the export of merino rams from Australia, an embargo that had been in force-

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