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Tuesday, 22 April 1980
Page: 1647

Senator GEORGES - I will not debate the matter. I am merely pointing out how necessary it is for me to say today what I feel ought to be said. I have to express now what I would have said later in order to impress upon honourable senators the importance of the matter. The Minister shakes his head. He was an effective Whip in this place for some time. He knows the difficulties which the Government Whip faces when the Opposition decides that something is important and needs to be debated. I think it would have been wiser for the Minister to have allowed the matter to flow a little rather than to move that the debate be adjourned. I put the view that he is remiss in so doing. It is important for us to have an expression of opinion from the Senate today. We ought to put to the Senate the need to consider carefully the initiative taken by the President of the United States, not in opposition to or as an antagonist of the United States but in support of the people of the United States, particularly the hostages. For that reason, I suggest to the Minister that he withdraw his motion that the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for the next day of sitting and give us some assurance that he will bring back the matter for debate later today.

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