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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4486

Mr BRYANT Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr BRYANT - Yes. The honourable member for Bradfield (Mr Turner)--

Mr Giles -I move:

That the question be now put.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! I cannot accept the motion at this stage. The honourable member for Wills is making a personal explanation. I call the honourable member for Wills.

Mr BRYANT - The honourable member for Bradfield, the intensity of whose emotions I respect, said that we said we would give no help to Cambodia. We said nothing of the sort. My colleague from Bass (Mr Barnard) said nothing of the sort. I said nothing of the sort. I said that we would give them every diplomatic help and that we ought to give them every help-- (Government members interjecting) -

Mr BRYANT - It is all right for honourable members opposite to laugh but--

Mr SPEAKER - Order! Although I. was not present in the chamber earlier this evening, I listened to the proceedings of the House. I will stand none of the nonsense that went on earlier. I suggest to the House that it come to order.

Mr BRYANT - As to the alleviation of personal suffering, we should be doing a lot more. The difference between myself and the honourable member for Bradfield is simply on this question of soldiers. The term that I used about the Parliament in Thailand was with respect to its 'meagre parliamentary system', not its 'meagre democratic system'.

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