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Thursday, 15 September 1983
Page: 871

Mr KATTER —Mr Speaker, may I have one minute's indulgence?

Mr SPEAKER —Yes, I think that in view of certain factors the honourable member for Kennedy may have the indulgence of the Chair. I think he accepts the proviso I mentioned earlier.

Mr KATTER —Thank you very much, Mr Speaker; I know it is unusual. I would like to point out to all members of this House that yesterday His Excellency, who is in the House, had discussions with me and the honourable member for St George ( Mr Morrison), who chairs our Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. We have arranged that a small group of us will meet representatives of a very large Lebanese delegation that will be in Canberra later this month. I know that honourable members such as the honourable member for Mitchell (Mr Cadman), the honourable member for Cook (Mr Dobie) and a number of other honourable members, including the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Lionel Bowen), are genuinely interested in the unspeakable genocide that is going on in the Lebanon. I am sure that if they wish to be involved in the proceedings on that day we would be very happy to have them with us when we have our discussions.