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Wednesday, 25 March 1987
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Mr HODGMAN(4.59) —I support the right honourable member for New England (Mr Sinclair). This has been an absolute shambles by a government which is forcing through legislation-not the Australia Card, but the Moscow card. The Government has cut and guillotined the Committee stages, preventing a legitimate amendment to be moved in my name and seconded by the honourable member for Gippsland (Mr McGauran) to change the title of the Australia Card Act 1986 to what it really should be-not the Australia Card Act 1986 but the Moscow Card Act 1987. This is disgraceful legislation which will impinge on basic and fundamental--

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Leo McLeay) —Order! It being 5 p.m., the time for the remaining stages of the Bill has expired. The immediate question is:

That the report be adopted.

Mr Sinclair —Mr Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: The question before the Chair is being debated before the Chair. You must put the question before the Chair, not the subsequent question which is not before the House.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The question is:

That the motion be agreed to.

Mr Scholes —On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker: The putting of a motion which would, if it were carried, abrogate the guillotine, is not in order when the time for debate of all stages of the Bill has expired. The only question which can be put is the question that the Bill be now read a third time. A motion which would have the effect of defeating a motion already carried by the House that the Bill is urgent is out of order.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —My advice is that the motion that the House is debating at present is the motion moved by the Minister for Health which was the contingent notice on the Notice Paper. That is the motion that I put. That is the motion on which we are about to divide.

Mr Scholes —On a further point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker: The motion which is being put before the House is a motion which, if it were carried, would abrogate the urgency motion before the House and, therefore, it is out of order. The effect of carrying the motion would be to adjourn the debate to the next day of sitting.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —I will put the question.

Question put:

That the motion (Dr Blewett's) be agreed to.