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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1690

Mr WHITLAM - I ask the Minister for the Navy a question. Does the honourable gentleman permit The Little Red Schoolbook' to be circulated among naval cadets or read by them?

Dr MACKAY (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - The honourable gentleman's question is obvious in its intention. I do not believe that anyone has a harder job in this nation that has the Minister for Customs and Excise in the portfolio that he administers. He stands directly in the path of attempts made from many quarters and for many motives to put into this nation a type of literature that we could well do without. In following through his duty he has been less than assisted by many honourable members who sit behind you, Sir, and who have spoken on subjects such as drugs and who have not backed him up in administering his portfolio. He will get full support from the Navy.

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