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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 2085

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! There is not a quorum present. Ring the. bells. (The bells being rung) -

Mr Whittorn - Was it a chicken that sat you down?

Mr JESS - It was not a chicken. It was a galah.

Mr Foster - How many times do you try to gag me?

Mr JESS - Nobody could gag you.

Mr Turner - You have no right to degrade the institution. (Quorum formed.)

Mr Foster - On a point of order. It has been alleged that I degrade this institution by complying with the rules of the House. I ask for a withdrawal of that remark.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! There is no substance in the point of order.

Mr JESS - I have 2 minutes left to me in this debate to say what I have to say and 1 will try to get it in. I hear no complaint from the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Murphy), I hear no complaint from the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) in this House, and I hear no complaint from the honourable member for Lalor about the proposed demonstration which is being organised at the present time to disrupt the forthcoming SEATO Conference in June. The circular has been sent out. The object of this is to disrupt those nations whose representatives are coming to Australia to discuss with us the security of Australia and the security of this area. All we hear is an attack that some gentlemen may have decided that it is time in this country that those people who are opposed to communist forces should take some action to see that both points of view are put across. We have heard about the Victorian Labor Party conference in respect to its support for the North Vietnamese. We have heard about the honourable member for Lalor's desire to break the American alliance. I think it is time for the people of Australia, if not this Parliament - and if this Parliament does not dare, let it say so - to realise that in the view of the Opposition it is now becoming respectable to mix with communists at moratoriums.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! It is now 1 5 minutes to 1 o'clock and in accordance with standing order 106 the debate is interrupted. I put the question:

That grievances be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.45 to 2.15 p.m.

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