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Tuesday, 30 April 1968

Mr GORTON - This is a most unusual and perhaps an unprecedented request. This House as a general rule pays this kind of tribute to members of the House who have died and in certain circumstances to heads of state of foreign countries. I would hope that, unless the House at some future stage expresses a contrary opinion, departure from what has been a precedent would not in itself become, a precedent for future action. But, having said that, I think it is essential that' it should not seem, and that by misrepresentation it should not be able to be made to seem, that the members of this House were not distressed by this senseless assassination of a great man who was a world figure and who was working to attain his ends in a peaceful and restraining way. Therefore, Mr Speaker, subject to your ruling, because you are the custodian of the rights of this House, speaking for myself I would bc prepared to accede to the request of the right honourable member for Melbourne.

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