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Wednesday, 21 October 1970

Mr SPEAKER -The Minister is replying to the question that was put to him.

Mr NIXON - I was saying that it is a bit hard to tell in which way the Labor Party intends to achieve this socialisation. Indeed, when one recognises-

Mr Reynolds - I rise to order. I submit that a simple question was asked of the Minister: Would a referendum be conducted on this topic? This is not an opportunity for a dissertation on Socialism or any other ideal.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! 1 would suggest to the Minister that, as the question was asked of the Minister in his capacity as the Minister in charge of the Electoral Act, he is now going outside the ambit of that capacity.

Mr NIXON - Thank you, Mr Speaker. I just want to round off the point, because there were 2 parts to the honourable member's question. In deference to the Chair-

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I have already suggested to the Minister what course he should take.

Mr NIXON - Thank you, Sir. When we have the honourable member for Lalor saying that authority has had its day, and the Leader of the Opposition-

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Minister, in his answer, is going beyond the bounds of the question.

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