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Wednesday, 12 May 1965

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It may be Mr.

Wilson or anyone else. I do not care whether he is a Labour man, a Liberal, or anything else. This is an independent country and we should not be deferring to any other country. Nor should the Minister talk about the British authorities not approving. If the Minister's words can be taken to mean what Senator Wright has taken them to mean and what I and other persons in this chamber have taken them to mean, this Government is open to the severest criticism for still maintaining its dependent view. The whole thing is disgraceful. No wonder the nations of Asia regard us still as half colonials. It is in line with the policy of a government that still wants to retain appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and that still wants to defer in 100 ways to other governments - to take this attitude of subservience. It is a disgrace to the country that the Minister should speak in this way.

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