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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1644

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Jarman (DEAKIN, VICTORIA) - Order! I think the honourable member is getting away from the substance of the Bill. The substance of the Bill is national service. There is no national service in the Navy. I think that the honourable member should come back to the terms of the Bill before the House. The honourable member has had a lot of leniency from the Chair.

Mr KEATING - In reply to your ruling. Mr Deputy Speaker, I point out that national service bears upon the whole question of defence. The reason we have national service, as the Minister said at the commencement of his speech, is for Australia's defence. Every Government supporter has spoken about Australia's defence in this debate and has claimed that the Labor Party has no credible defence policies. What I am saying is that the Labor Party feels that we do not have to conscript men to have a credible defence, i am trying to prove to the House that the Labor Party has been concerned about the defence of Australia and Australia's defence industries and that this Government has neglected Australia's defence. I am instancing the defence industries and the general defence organisation to prove that the whole premise of the Government's defence policies and the National Service Act is invalid.

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