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Wednesday, 8 December 1971
Page: 4330

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Lucock - Order! I suggest to the honourable member for Griffith that he withdraw that remark and I suggest also that he has a look at the Standing Orders. A remark such as that does not help the Committee at this stage.

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I will not be provocative, then, Sir. 1 would just point out that i have given this amendment some consideration and I think that the honourable member for Prospect has sincerely or without sincerity continually knocked the whole Bill. I would suggest with great respect to you, Sir, that he is indirectly ridiculing the whole concept of the Bill and has seized this opportunity to try to do so again. He cannot see the difference in quantities. I partially agree that 'once a pedlar, always a pedlar'. It would not matter whether a person was peddling one gram or 100 grams, but the facts of life arc that there are different penalties for different types of crimes. I conclude by saying that I believe that the honourable member's speech was nothing but another attempt to ridicule the entire Bill.

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