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Tuesday, 30 November 1971
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Mr KILLEN (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - The honourable member has normal cerebral processes. He can follow my argument. The last point I wish to make is that the specific objection cannot be covered by the honourable gentleman's amendment. I said that plainly on Thursday evening. I want to arrest what is a very real morale problem, particularly for the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. I tell honourable members with complete candour that I have met people in both Services who have said: 'Why on earth do you draw this distinction? It is not our fault that we arc involved in transport work, going in and out. It is not our fault that we are posted to HMAS "Sydney" when we could have served on one of the escort destroyers on the gun line'. They are my objections. If any person has any doubt or ambiguity in his mind I hope, in the name of heaven, he will put his hand up.

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