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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1534

Mr KEOGH (Bowman) - We listened with interest this evening because the opening remarks of the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron) indicated that we were about to hear some sensational disclosures. He gave the impression that something had been going on and that he was carrying out a public duty in bringing it to the attention of the Parliament.

Dr Jenkins - He has been hearing voices in the night.

Mr KEOGH - I am afraid, as the honourable member for Scullin suggests, that the honourable member for Griffith has been hearing voices in the night which have caused him to rise this evening to make the remarks that he did. But for the life of me - and I have consulted with several of my colleagues - while listening to the honourable member for Griffith during his speech on the adjournment this evening, I found it impossible to detect from what he said anything that would warrant his speaking in this debate.

Dr Jenkins - There was not one scintilla of evidence in it.

Mr KEOGH - As my colleague once again assists me by saying, there was not one scintilla of evidence in it. It is a great tragedy that the honourable member for Griffith has shown tonight a typical example of the mischievous attitude that is so irresponsibly shown in this Parliament by members of the Opposition. We have the example of the honourable member for Curtin (Mr Garland) who, 10 minutes ago, attempted to scuttle the opportunities of this House to pass a very important housing measure. In addition to that, of course, he certainly detained the debate on the Defence Service Homes Bill.

I do not know how much longer the Leader of the House (Mr Daly) can tolerate the irresponsible attitudes of members opposite who, collectively and individually, day after day - the honourable member for Mackellar (Mr Wentworth) of course is one of the chief offenders in this respect - rise on irresponsible points of order and take up the time of the House again and again on points of order simply to delay the passage of the business of the Government. They endeavour to ensure that important measures proposed by this Government are not carried by the House so that they can be put into effect as quickly as possible. It is not my intention to continue these remarks, save to repeat what I said to the honourable member for Griffith when he commenced his remarks, namely, that he should realise how fortunate he is to be saved once again by Democratic Labor Party preferences which returned him to this House. He should not waste (he time of the House with irresponsible and groundless accusations against this Government.

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