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Wednesday, 28 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia ^) (Minister for Defence) . - I do not want to leave the very interesting suggestion made by Senator Cavanagh suspended, like Mahomet's coffin, between heaven and earth. I have indicated already that within the Services themselves there are and will continue to be organisation which themselves go around and do the jobs which both Senators Cavanagh and Willesee regard as desirable.

Senator Cavanaghsuggested that there should be an all party committee to investigate these matters. I say at once that I am not too favorably impressed by this idea, but if any member of this Senate or of the House of Representatives is, individually or with others, interested enough to have a look at any aspect of the Services and tell me about it, I will facilitate his having a look at that Service. Let me not labour the point; but because Senator Cavanagh has mentioned this matter, I think it not inappropriate to remind the committee that recently there was a large Army exercise known as " Long Shot ". The opportunity was made available to all members of the Parliament to have a look at " Long Shot ". I regret to say that while a number of supporters of the Government had a look at it, only one Labour member of the Parliament availed himself of the opportunity. If Senator Cavanagh's statement tonight indicates a resurgence of interest, let him come to me and say: " I and my colleagues of the Opposition are interested to have a look at some aspects of the Services ". I shall be interested to hear from him and I will facilitate any inspection he likes to make.

Proposed expenditure noted.

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