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Wednesday, 26 November 1986
Page: 3738

Mr N.A. Brown(11.29) —We are faced with a situation in which the Government is endeavouring to use the Parliament as a rubber stamp. It is the convention that second reading speeches are delivered, yet the Minister for Science (Mr Barry Jones) comes in here and moves a motion for the second reading with no speech whatsoever.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! Is the honourable member seeking to speak to the second reading, or is he seeking the indulgence of the Chair?

Mr N.A. Brown —I wish to obtain the indulgence of the Chair, but there would presumably be a subsequent motion that the debate be adjourned. I could probably speak on that.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member does not speak to that motion, he simply moves it.

Mr N.A. Brown —With respect, that is a correct ruling, Mr Deputy Speaker.

Motion (by Mr N.A. Brown) agreed to:

That the debate be now adjourned.