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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 2459

Mr FOX - I thank the House for , . indulgence. I accept what the honourable member for Newcastle (Mr Charles Jones) said, namely, that his objection was not on personal grounds. I have attended every meeting of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Wildlife Conservation. That Committee was appointed to do a particular job which every member of the Committee believes should be completed during the life of this Parliament. We are aiming to do so. I believe, and this can be verified, that my attendance at the meetings of the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory over a long period of time is probably better than that of any other member of the Committee.

Mr Charles Jones - What concerns us is that you cannot be in 2 places at once.

Mr FOX - I cannot be in 2 places at once but I am aware that when select committees are appointed, initially advertisements inviting submissions are published and as wide an opportunity as possible is given for interested parties to submit evidence to the Committee. I know that '.his takes a reasonable amount of time. I will not be overseas for such a great time. The conference on the environment, I believe, will assist me in connection with the Wildlife Conservation Committee. I am not

Mandrake but I like hard work and I believe that 1 am capable of doing it. I think that I can meet my commitments. My history on any committee in which I have been involved indicates this.

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