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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The 2 cases are not parallel. The other man was not a member of this House. However, I remind all honourable members and the Minister who will be replying that any personal reflection on the conduct or character of a member of this House is strictly out of order.

Dr Everingham - I raise a point of order. I believe that this question asks for an opinion from 'the Minister on matters not within his jurisdiction, and I believe that it should be ruled out of order.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! There is no valid point of order.

Mr McMAHON - I had no intention of reflecting upon the honourable member for St George because, as I said previously, I do not pay a great deal of attention to what he says. But if I may answer the third question asked by my colleague and friend about whether Australian troops are welcome in Malaysia, I can say that in the discussions I have just had with the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Tun Razak, he assured me - and I know it to be a fact - that Australian troops are welcome there because they give a degree of stability and confidence that otherwise would not be present. To that extent any statements to the contrary made by the honourable member for St George are not in fact true.

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