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Thursday, 10 October 1996
Page: 5244

Mr STEPHEN SMITH(5.40 p.m.) —I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Perth from moving forthwith a motion to vary the resolution of the House of 8 October concerning the arrangements applying to the Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996 as follows:

That all words after "Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996" in the resolution of the House of 8 October 1996 be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

(1)    the entire debate on the bill being conducted in the House; and

(2)    the Leader of the House being required to report to the House within two sitting days on a recommended timetable for such proceedings for the reason that the House recognises:

(a)    the public concern, especially among Territorians, that consideration of the Bill would substantially occur outside the main chamber of the House of Representatives;

(b)    the course of action proposed for this Bill is contrary to all established rules and practice concerning the operation of the House of Representatives chamber and its Main Committee; and

(c)    that more Government business time will now be lost than gained by pursuing the 8 October resolution.

It is clear there is considerable concern in the community—

Question (by Mr Reith) put:

That the member be not further heard.