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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3090


Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) -I thank the Prime Minister (Mr Malcolm Fraser) for what he said about my going into the Senate. In regard to the red seats, if I can say what Shakespeare should have written, I hope I will be making the red one green. It is said that at this time all one's life passes before one. This would not be credible if people had not survived to tell it. I hope that now in a flash of time my recollection of what has happened in this Parliament presages nothing for me. Anyway, honourable members can be certain that I do not go gentle into that good night.

I came to this Parliament in 1949 with one thing primarily in my mind. It was not something which I meant to do but which I hoped would be done and in which I would play a tiny part in getting it done. It was not done. I wanted to see that the world would sieze the opportunity for nuclear disarmament before proliferation. I believed then that that was the time for it to be done and that if it were not done then the world would be a worse place from then on. Now we wait for the hatching of that dreadful nuclear egg and we wonder what will come out of it. I fear that I was right then. I regret more than ever not my failing, because I could play only the tiniest part, but I regret this ambition failing.

Now I have had to leave my party. I did this not just because I felt that what was being done here on the economic scene was wrong; I did it also because I believed that what was being done here was part of something on a world scene which was being done wrong and that the establishment, by its restrictive policies, by its failure to understand the real nature of the economic process, was precipitating the world again into 1929. It is to me a relief that in the last few months there has been some indication that the world is drawing back from this, that there is some greater sense now in the economists overseas.

I hope that when I am in the Senate it will not be too hard for me to get a change in the present Government's policies-I believe it will be returnedbecause overall world policy on which it has been based and of which it is an imitation is now changing. What I want I think will happen by the course of events. I go into the Senate hoping to do something about unfinished business. I am not going to detail it here but from what I have said in this House over nearly 28 years now- honourable members know how many loose ends I hope to ravel up, the things that I want to get done. I go into the Senate with the intention of getting those things done and knowing that I have something still to do and something I can still give to Australia. Tomorrow, Mr Speaker, to fresh woods and pastures new.







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