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Thursday, 5 December 1974

Mr LUCOCK (Lyne) -I seek leave to make a short statement on the same subject.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr LUCOCK -It is with a great deal of pleasure that I support the remarks made by the Minister for Services and Property (Mr Daly) in presenting the report of the Twentieth Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. We have spoken about the reports presented on behalf of other delegations on other occasions and I am sure that there is no necessity for me to go into this report in a great amount of detail. However, I would like to comment officially on the leadership of the Minister. I have said on other occasions and I say again that he made a tremendous contribution and his leadership played no small part in the Australian delegation having such a successful conference. I would also like to pay a compliment to the members of the Minister's staff who assisted us on many occasions in many ways while we were there. The Minister mentioned the assistance we received from the Australian High Commissioner and his wife and staff in Colombo who, along with the Minister's staff, did a fantastic job. All of these things contributed to the success of the conference. The work of Mr Pettifer has been referred to. We know of the capabilities of Mr Pettifer from the efficient way in which he carries out his duties here in this House. Those capabilities were exemplified at this conference. I would also like to join with the Minister in congratulating the honourable member for Franklin (Mr Sherry) on his appointment as the Australasian Regional Councillor on the General Council. I have said before that these conferences are important because they discuss the subject matters that concern the whole of the Commonwealth. I also congratulate members of the delegation who gave the Minister their strong support. The contributions that they made at this conference meant that Australia's prestige was high among the other countries that attended the conference. I have much pleasure in supporting the remarks of the Minister.

Sitting suspended from 1 to 2.15 p.m.

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