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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1128

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - If there is no further discussion I will close the debate and thank the Opposition for supporting the motion. Now we appear to have a Bill which suits all sections. It is peculiar that in dealing with a Bill on which there is such unanimous agreement we have to have recalled to us what is apparently claimed to be a bad past, and some inconsistency between the present attitude and the past attitude. Despite the fire and smoke that I am said to have exhibited in South Australia, there is no inconsistency on the part of the Government on this question. Senator Durack said that the Minister for Transport (Mr Charles Jones) stated that he would not tolerate amendments that would frustrate the Government's determination on this question. When the amendments were moved and the Bill went back to the House of Representatives, the Minister for Transport, together with Cabinet, had to decide which of the amendments the Government would accept and which of them would frustrate Government policy. The Government reached a decision and accepted six of the amendments and rejected two and moved another amendment which preserved its position and was consistent with the statement of the Minister which justified the fire and smoke I displayed in South Australia. So the consistency is there. Let us not take it any further now that we on this first day of the session have reached this happy stage of agreement. If we showed more mutual admiration at times when we agree we would get further. I thank the Opposition for its support on this occasion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported.

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