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Wednesday, 1 November 1967

Dr PATTERSON (Dawson) - Mr Deputy Speaker,the statement just made by the Minister for National Development (Mr Fairbairn) will come as no surprise to most people in Queensland and Western Aus tralia and to honourable members in this House, because the Government is in such a desperate political position with respect to the people of Western Australia and Queensland that it has been forced to make a decision regarding water conservation in both States.

Mr Katter - How stupid does the honourable member think people are in my electorate?

Dr PATTERSON - Mr Deputy Speaker,1 ask the honourable member for Kennedy to withdraw that statement.

Mr Katter - I asked the honourable member how stupid does he think the people in my electorate are.

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