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Thursday, 2 December 1976


Mr THOMSON (Leichhardt) - Because of the fiasco of the interrupted debate on the White Paper on defence last Thursday, I have decided to speak in this grievance debate. This may be my only opportunity to speak on this matter and I shall make only a very short speech. I am appalled at the very low priority given to the vital subject of the security of the nation. I strongly support the White Paper on defence and congratulate the Minister for Defence (Mr Killen) on it. It provides a valuable guide to discussion and debate and it deserved a much better fate in this chamber. It is the most comprehensive document on defence presented to this Parliament.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock)Order!I suggest to the honourable member that he might be able to say exactly the same thing without referring to the White Paper. This would make the task of the Chair a little easier.







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