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Tuesday, 29 May 1973
Page: 2817

The CHAIRMAN - The honourable member was not even remotely close.

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I would not argue with you, Mr Chairman. The point I wish to make is that so far as members of the official Opposition are concerned we intend to stand together. We see no difference between the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. They are both territories of the Commonwealth. There should be no change in the existing arrangements and any party which votes for a change at the moment is really voting for the abandonment of those principles which brought this nation together as a federation of States. Honourable members opposite who are screeching like parrots should remember the beginning of this Parliament. They would not be sitting in this place now if the States had not agreed to federation. Whilst I am not an extreme Statesrighter, I have a sense of nationalism and I do believe that we have a responsibility to remember our heritage. It is a pity that some people in this House have chosen to forget it and have introduced legislation which, as I said earlier, is legislation of expediency.

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