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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr HAYLEN (Parkes) .- I regret the restriction because I have some very fixed views concerning the useless study group known as the " Foreign Affairs Committee ". It began with a flourish of trumpets some years ago. The honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth) used it in an attempt to have an Australian indicted for treachery. That indicates how impartial it is.

Mr Hasluck - I rise to order. The House has already decided that there should be such a committee and that matter is not under discussion. The only matter now under discussion is whether certain honorable members should serve on the committee.

Mr SPEAKER - I think that the Minister is correct. The honorable member for Parkes will be entitled to canvass only the question of the suitability of the members suggested for the committee and not the functions of the committee.

Mr HAYLEN - That is limiting but 1 will accept your ruling with good grace, Mr. Speaker. I point to the fact that the Australian Country Party is the most unstable quantity in this House and least able to bear the onerous duties of the tatting club known as the " Foreign Affairs Committee ". It is completely useless, but it is a sort of arrogance on the part of the Country Party to tie itself up-

Mr Harold Holt - I rise to order. It is well known that a motion of want of confidence, moved toy the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell), is before the House. Normally, that precludes the discussion of other business until the motion is disposed of. In this case, the Minister sought the leave of the House to move a motion. I think it would be quite wrong to assume that the granting of leave was intended to invite a general debate. Having regard to the fact that we have this other important business before the House, which I know members from all parties are anxious to proceed with, I move -

That the question be now put.

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