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Wednesday, 20 March 1957

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - Mr. Deputy Speaker,I suggest to the House that I propose to you that at this point we suspend the sitting until 8 o'clock this evening. My reasons for making that suggestion flow from the fact that the Government has been notified by the Opposition that the Leader of the Opposition (Dr. Evatt) will move an amendment to the motion for the adoption of the AddressinReply, which is presently before the House, in terms which will make the amendment, in effect, a motion of censure of the Government. I think that honorable members will agree that, having regard to the intent of the Opposition in this matter and the importance of the subject-matter, of which advice already has been conveyed to the Government, it is desirable that the speech of the right honorable gentleman, and also that of the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies), who will reply immediately to the speech of the Leader of the Opposition, should be heard by the largest audience in Australia that the time and circumstances will permit.

For those reasons, sir, and because it would be inappropriate in the circumstances, I suggest, to go on with a general discussion on the motion for the adoption of the Address-in-Reply until the terms of the right honorable gentleman's amendment have been made known and his speech has been heard, I propose that we suspend the sitting until 8 p.m.

Sitting suspended from 4.18 to 8 p.m.

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