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Thursday, 28 September 1972
Page: 1362


Senator COTTON (New South Wales) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I wish to advert to the remarks made by Senator Murphy. I understand that he wishes to get a vote tonight-


Senator Murphy - I was not criticising you.


Senator COTTON - I did not take it that you were. I observe for myself that I entered this debate with very little enthusiasm. I have enough to do without picking up these operations. As the debate proceeded and as I went through it, I became increasingly immersed and it will be noted that, other than for an urgent summons, I remained here for most of the evening. I have found the debate interesting. I have found it increasingly rewarding and also I have found it important-


Senator Cavanagh - And also you have supported the filibustering.


Senator COTTON - That is not correct, Senator Cvanagh. You do not need to say it. You are one of the people who understands what you are saying as it applies to you, but do not refer to me in that sense. When I observe that I have taken a genuine interest in this matter I have taken it. I assure the Senate that that is the honest view that I have. I have discussed the matter with some of my colleagues. We have found it interesting. We do have some more speakers on the Bill. We are not being discourteous. I believe that the matter could usefully be further elaborated. That is why we cannot agree to support the Opposition in opposing the motion.

Question put:

That the Senate do now adjourn.







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