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Thursday, 13 September 1973
Page: 969


Mr GORTON (Higgins) - I wish very briefly to support the remarks of and attitude adopted by the honourable member for Wakefield (Mr Kelly). Whether it was the intention of those who moved the amendment or not - I express no opinion on that - I believe that if the amendment is carried it, in effect, will stifle any proper and effective investigation of this matter and put off the day when this House can make a decision on such a proper and effective investigation of this matter and put off the day when this House can make a decision on such a proper and effective investigation. Therefore, I support the attitude adopted by the honourable member for Wakefield. I will certainly be voting against this amendment on the ground that if it is carried it will put off a proper investigation and, in the words in which it is put forward, even prevent the teaching of sex education in schools because that phrase has been removed from the original motion. I would prefer - this is why I will vote this way--


Mr MALCOLM FRASER (WANNON, VICTORIA) - That is not true.


Mr GORTON - Then why did the honourable gentleman omit it? Why did he, in his amendment, specifically take it out. Anyway, that is the way in which I see the matter. I am sure that at some stage in the next year or two, I do not know when, this House will decide to make an effective and real investigation of this matter. I prefer that no action of this kind, which would put off such a recommendation, should take place now.

Motion (by Mr Nicholls) agreed to:

That the question be now put.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be inserted (Mr Malcolm Fraser's amendment) be so inserted.







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