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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1693

Senator COTTON (New South Wales) - I hope that like Senator McManus I will be extremely brief. I would not want to sit here on what I believe to be one of the great occasions in the Australian Parliament and in the Senate and not let honourable senators know what I feel about this matter. I am very strongly of the view that Senator Wright, Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson and Senator Cavanagh are correct. The Senate has a responsibility to itself now and to those who will occupy this place later to make a decision in the Senate as part of the Australian Parliament. If the Senate accepts the arguments advanced by Senator Wright, Senator Cavanagh and Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson, it will do that without in any way diminishing itself in the Australian parliamentary scene, and with a full sense of responsibility to those who will come after us and to the Australian nationhood of which the Parliament is a part and the beginning. I believe that we have a proper responsibility to make a decision and to make it quite clear to the Parliament as a whole. In no way ought this to be construed as an act of petty jealousy on the part of any honourable senator. I do not think one can go away from that view. As I sit down, I testify that I am also a Capital Hill man from way back.

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