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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 1283

Mr CHIPP (Hotham) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - I wish to speak briefly, and only to the motion, Mr Deputy Speaker. I will not crave your indulgence or lean upon it, as the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) did. In this particular circumstance we do not deny the Leader of the Opposition the opportunity to make capital for the Australian Labor Party out of the dilemma which the Government faces. That is fair politics. That is notwithstanding the fact that, as he knows, today the Leader of the Opposition and other members of the Labor Party will get at least 2 other opportunities to speak specifically to this question. But we do not blame him for what he has done. This is an election year and the proceedings of the

Parliament are now being broadcast but will not be broadcast this afternoon. We do not blame him for playing politics.

Mr Bryant - I rise on a point of order. The Minister for Customs and Excise said that he was going to speak to the motion for the suspension of Standing Orders.

Mr Giles - That is what he is doing.

Mr Bryant - He is not doing anything of the sort. He is weeping and wringing his hands.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock - There is no substance in the point of order.

Mr CHIPP - I believe that one of the most unspeakable things I have heard - unworthy of the Leader of the. Opposition and surprising that it should come from a man such as he - is his statement that the only reason this Government moved the campers from opposite Parliament House was because they were black. I completely deny that and I resent it. It is a contemptible thing to say. The Leader of the Opposition has joined with other men of goodwill in this country in trying to spread tolerance and understanding and to remove racial prejudice but that kind of remark will inflame prejudice in this country.

Mr Kirwan - I rise to a point of order. I would like to know whether we are debating a motion for the suspension of Standing Orders because the Minister has not advanced one argument in favour of the suspension of Standing Orders.

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