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Tuesday, 22 March 1966

Debate resumed from 17th March (vide page 405), on motion by Mr. Harold Holt -

That the House take note of the following paper -

Statement of Policy by New Government - Ministerial Statement, 8th March 1966.

Upon which Mr. Calwell had moved by way of amendment -

That all words after " That " be omitted with a view to inserting the following words in place thereof - " this House records -

(1)   its most emphatic opposition to the despatch of conscripted youths for service in Vietnam and the increased military commitment in that country, and

(2)   its disapproval of and grave concern at the

Government's failure -

(a)   to maintain the purchasing power of the Australian community;

(b)   to retain an adequate and proper

Australian share in the ownership and development of our national resources, particularly in Northern Australia;

(c)   to alleviate the effects of the drought and take steps to rehabilitate rural industries and conserve water resources;

(d)   to make adequate provision for housing and associated community facilities, and

(e)   to submit to referendum the two

Bills to alter the Constitution in respect of Aborigines and the Parliament which were passed last year and, in connection with the latter Bill, to disclose the related distribution proposals ".

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