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Thursday, 11 October 1984
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Mr DONALD CAMERON(5.38) —The honourable member for Denison (Mr Hodgman ) is absent at the moment; he is under suspension. But I believe it should be recalled that he spearheaded the Opposition's attack at the time the Government was setting about removing these provisions from the Australian Citizenship Act.

Mr Duffy —Where is he now?

Mr DONALD CAMERON —The Minister for Communications asks where is he now. He was railroaded out of the chamber because he was fighting a battle on another front. I support the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Peacock) in the way that he interpreted--

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (Mr Keogh) —Order! The honourable member for Moreton has indicated to me that he may be reflecting on the Chair in what he has just said about the reasons for the honourable member for Denison not being in the chamber . I suggest that he should be careful to avoid that in his further remarks.

Mr DONALD CAMERON —I am sorry. I can assure you, Mr Deputy Chairman, that I had no intention of reflecting on the Chair in those comments. We are dealing with a matter of greater significance. It should be noted today that hardly more than a handful of Labor members are in the chamber. They are absolutely dedicated to the cause of removing all traces of the Crown from Australia. For the first time in my life I am going to stand in this place to congratulate the Australian Democrats for having recognised that the people of Australia did not want this to happen. The Democrats joined with the Liberal and the National Party senators to defeat the Government in the Senate.

The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (Mr West) has bent the knee at the last moment. Tragically, he would never bend the knee to Her Majesty. The only thing he has bent the knee to is expediency, in recognising that if the Government was going to get this measure through it had to buckle to the expression of view of the Senate and the vast majority of the people of Australia. I do not go along with all the utterances of some of the Bruce Ruxtons of this country, but on some of these issues Bruce Ruxton is very right. He represents a majority view when he says: 'Leave our monarchy alone'.

In a lifetime of mixing with migrants and new arrivals I have never known one to come up to me and ask: 'When are you going to get rid of the monarchy?'. They all believe that this country's stability has been contributed to in part by our system of government which includes the monarchy. It is good news for this Parliament that the Government has been forced into retreat.

Mr Peacock —But they will campaign against the Queen.

Mr DONALD CAMERON —That is right. We all recognise that, if the Government wins the next election and particularly if it gets the numbers in the Senate, this issue will be back again. It will be 'Bye bye, Queen'; 'Bye bye, monarchy', and 'Bye bye, oath of allegiance'. That is one reason why all those people out there who might be lulled into accepting some of the falsehoods that get spun out of this place each day in Question Time by the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) and his Ministers should realise that if they want the traditions of this country to continue there is only one way to vote on 1 December, and that is for the Liberals mostly and, if there is no Liberal candidate, for the National Party.

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (Mr Keogh) —Order! The question is that the amendments be agreed to.

Mr Cadman —Mr Deputy Chairman, I was on my feet.

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN —I suggest that if honourable members wish to rise they do so fairly promptly. I call the honourable member for Mitchell.

Motion (by Mr Duffy) put:

That the question be now put.