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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 283

Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Leader of the Opposition) - I wonder whether the Government would consider deleting from the first part of its motion the words at the end, namely: 'and as potentially the gravest threat to international peace and security since 1945'. If those words were deleted the Opposition would vote for the motion. That is the only dispute that we have about the motion. We believe that to claim that in relation to the Afghanistan situation is an expression of wishful thinking rather than fact. That situation, as grave as it is, cannot be equated with the Berlin blockade, the conflict in the Middle East especially the Yom Kippur war the Cuban crisis or a series of conflicts which potentially had the ingredients for leading to international, even super power, conflict. If those words were deleted there would be bipartisan support for the motion. That is the only difference that we have with the Government on this motion. In every other respect we accord with what is said in it.

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