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Wednesday, 12 September 1973
Page: 867

Mr MALCOLM FRASER (Wannon) - The Republicans have run away. There was an earlier time when the Minister for Immigration (Mr Grassby) said that the Government had proposed certain accommodations in relation to these clauses - that it had retreated a certain amount but that it would retreat no further. Having been faced with the realities of life and whatever verbiage he may have used to try to cover this situation the Minister and the Government have retreated as far as they can possibly go without falling off the edge of the cliff. This matter could have been dealt with in a non-partisan and a nonpolitical manner - as it ought to be - if the Minister had not himself given false reasons for the Senate's actions and if he had not given false reasons for the attitudes that had previously been expressed by the 2 Opposition parties. So if the Minister comes under some kind of criticism he has only himself to blame for the attitude that he has taken in relation to this matter because he knows very well that he has tried to put false objectives upon the Opposition. He knows very well that we have supported and had supported for a long while a bipartisan immigration policy. He also knows very well that he is one of the architects of a destruction of a bipartisan immigration policy which is certainly not supported by all members on the Government side of this House.

Mr Grassby - I rise to order. I have no objection to a debate on immigration but this is a debate on the Australian Citizenship Bill 1973.

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