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Thursday, 8 December 1960

Mr ANDERSON (Hume) .- I rise to speak on this clause only because the honorable member for Reid (Mr. Uren) said that the Australian Country Party was not taking part in the debate. The members of the Country Party in this House agree entirely with the principles behind this legislation. We believe that the bill is a sound way to implement those principles. We also realize that this is an interim measure. There is no purpose in our speaking on something of which we approve. I should like to say to the Leader of the House, the Treasurer (Mr. Harold Holt), that the measure will go through only slowly while the Opposition can take advantage of the fact that the proceedings are being broadcast. One honorable member after another on the Opposition side has risen simply to make use of the broadcast. We had a similar experience last Tuesday when one Opposition member after another rose to say the same things simply because our proceedings were being broadcast. They spoke on a measure which presents no problem at all.

Mr Peters - I rise to order. I am one of the members of the Opposition to whom the honorable member for Hume has referred, and I object most strongly to his remarks. I never take advantage of the fact that our proceedings are broadcast.


Order! There is no substance in the point of order.

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