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Thursday, 13 September 1973
Page: 993


Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I will make this brief. We were told earlier that this was to be a free conscience debate and vote, and on the 2 votes which have taken place honourable members on this side of the chamber have been seen to support various sides. It is with great reluctance that I draw to your attention, Mr Chairman, and more is the pity that it must be drawn to your attention-


The CHAIRMAN (Mr Scholes - Order! I suggest that the honourable member for Griffith not draw it to my attention. If he does I will have to ask him to sit down because he will not be debating the question before the Chair.


Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - We are talking about treason. I hope that on this occasion, on such an important issue as the safeguarding of one's country, some members on the Government side will break the precedent that was set earlier and see fit to join honourable members on this side of the chamber. A free vote is meaningless if it pertains to only one side of the chamber and I have not yet seen a display of a truly free vote on the Government side. I have not seen free votes from the Country Party corner on issues earlier today either.


Mr Lloyd - Mr Chairman, I rise to order. I ask the honourable member for Griffith to withdraw that statement.


The CHAIRMAN - Order! I suggest that the Committee come to order. I also suggest to the honourable member for Griffith that, if he makes further remarks in the manner in which he has, I will have to ask him to resume his seat. I do not want to do that. However, the honourable member has not taken any notice of my earlier suggestion on the subject of a free vote.


Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I believe that the honourable member for Moreton (Mr Killen) outlined the importance of this subject. I hope that all honourable members will exercise the free vote which they supposedly have been given. If there are members lurking in the corridors in order to avoid voting against the wishes of their Party, I hope that on this very important occasion they will see fit to vote on the side of right.







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