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Wednesday, 16 February 1977


Mr McLEAY (Boothby) (Minister for Construction and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) - in reply-I take this opportunity to thank those honourable members who have taken part in the debate. I believe that the honourable member for Scullin (Dr Jenkins), the honourable member for Denison (Mr Hodgman), the honourable member for St George (Mr Neil) and the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron) each made a valuable if somewhat different sort of contribution to the debate. I think this demonstrates the desire by members on both sides of the House to take part in a debate on defence. The areas covered by this Bill are very narrow, and enthusiastic members from both sides of the House tried to expand the breadth of the Bill and debate general defence matters. I suppose it could be something of a defiance of the Chair.

We appreciate the contributions by each honourable gentleman. I will relay to the Minister for Defence (Mr Killen) the matter raised by the honourable member for St George. I will also convey to the Minister the thoughtful suggestion of the honourable member for Denison that perhaps some Orions should be permanently based in Tasmania. Time is drawing on and I will not delay the business of the House any longer. I thank all honourable members once again for their contributions.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.







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