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Thursday, 2 November 1967


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (12:47 PM) - Mr Chairman, I am rather intrigued. I have listened to this debate for many hours. I am fascinated by the tremendous interest that the honourable member for Evans (Dr Mackay) has for the interest of the oil companies.


Mr Luchetti - That is his job.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Never in my life have I heard anybody in this Parliament devote so much attention to watching the interests of these fabulously wealthy foreign owned oil companies as has the honourable member for Evans who has just spoken in this debate. It does not seem to matter what the honourable member for Mackellar (Mr Wentworth) puts up. The honourable member for Evans can be relied upon to stand in his place and oppose it----


Dr Mackay - I am supporting it. What is wrong with the honourable member.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I was about to---


Dr Mackay - The honourable member cannot understand what we are talking about.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - If the honourable member for Evans would try to contain himself, calm down and notget so excited, sensitive and almost----


Dr Mackay - I am only trying to save the honourable member from making a goat of himself.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I was about to say - except on this occasion. The honourable member came in too quickly. On this occasion, the only reason why the honourable member has differed from his usual practice is that the honourable member for Mackellar has moved an amendment that favours the oil companies. If this was not the case, the honourable member for Evans would be opposing the amendment. I would like to know where people stand in this matter particularly where a person has to choose between the interests of his own country and the interests of some foreign owned company that is out to exploit the oil resources of his country. This is where a person's first loyalty ought to lie.

I want to ask a question. I ask it very seriously. It will be a purely hypothetical question but, in a moment, I intend to name a person who has taken part and voted in the divisions on this Bill and who has a pecuniary interest in the decisions of the Parliament relating to this matter. Is a person who has wide interests in oil shares entitled to participate in the votes of this Parliament in a way that affects him in respect of a pecuniary interest that he has? I want to know whether he is entitled to vote. If he is not entitled to vote, I intend to challenge the right of one of the members present to vote respecting this Bill.







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