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Tuesday, 16 November 1976

Mr BAILLIEU (La Trobe) -I will not delay the passage of this legislation for any extensive period. I am aware that debates on airline Bills- particularly Bills relating to Qantas Airways Ltd- have been characterised by one thing over the years, that is, the fact that they have been relatively dull. I commend the honourable member for Newcastle (Mr Charles Jones) for trying to inject some slight element of humour into the debate. I presume that that is what he was trying to do. I did not realise that he was so preoccupied with the term 'duchess'. All I can say in response to that is that I think it is unlikely that he will ever be bothered in the future with the accolade of a duke. I apologise for the fact that the Minister for Transport (Mr Nixon) is not in the House tonight. It is unfortunate that he has not been able to be present. The honourable member for Newcastle took particular exception to that.

Mr Yates - He made a personal attack upon the Minister.

Mr BAILLIEU - He made a personal attack upon him notwithstanding that -

Mr Charles Jones - I object to the way in which the Minister treats this Parliament with contempt.

Mr Yates - I rise to a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. When an honourable member is about to make a personal attack upon a Minister is it not the custom for him to inform the Minister before he makes the attack?

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