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Thursday, 2 December 1971
Page: 3976

Mr WHITLAM - I ask the Prime Minister a question supplementary to that asked him by the honourable member for Blaxland. On Wednesday of last week I asked the right honourable gentleman about the Territorial Sea and Continental Shelf Bill which was, I think, about No. 70 on the notice paper on that day, and he told me by way of answer that he would have discussions with his colleague, the Leader of the House, and it would be in the hands of his colleague as to when the matter would be brought before the House for discussion. Are we to take it from the answer which the right honourable gentleman has just given to the honourable member for Blaxland that he has not in fact raised with the Leader of the House the possibility of the House debating this year this Bill which the Leader of the House read on behalf of the right honourable gentleman when he was Foreign Minister in April last year.

Mr MCMAHON - It is true that I said that I would have a discussion with the Leader of the House about this problem. The Leader of the House heard the question and also heard the answer. But I think the honourable gentleman would know that we have been pretty busy over the course of the last few days and I have not had an opportunity to discuss it with the Leader of the House. I will attempt to do so today.

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