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Wednesday, 29 April 1987
Page: 2143

Debate resumed from 28 April, on motion by Mr Beazley:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr Fife had moved by way of amendment:

That all words after `That' be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

`whilst not opposing the passage of the Bill, this House-

(1) expresses concern that the establishment of this statutory authority may not best address the housing needs of service men and women;

(2) regrets the failure of the Government to allow adequately for private home ownership requirements of the Australian Defence Force, and

(3) urges greater delegation of financial responsibility to base and area commanders for the acquisition, repair and maintenance of defence housing, with appropriate audit controls'.

Mr Young-Madam Speaker, are the leaders of the Opposition parties going to tell us who the shadow Ministers are? Is there to be any announcement? Who is the manager of business for the National Party? Who is going to speak on behalf of the Opposition?

Madam SPEAKER —I imagine that the Leader of the Opposition will speak on behalf of the Opposition.

Mr Spender-We will sort that out, Madam Speaker. If the Minister has any real worries, we will sort them out for him. Just leave it to us, Mick.

Mr Young-I understand that the honourable member for North Sydney is now Manager of Opposition Business. Is that right? If so, I would like to congratulate him.

Mr Howard-Madam Speaker, I understand that the effervescent Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs wants to know who the Manager of Opposition Business is from today. I am very happy to inform him that the honourable member for North Sydney is the Manager of Opposition Business.

Mr Young-But I understood there was to be an announcement about five new shadow Ministers.

Mr Howard-Well, if you can contain your effervescence, that will be revealed too.

Mr Young-Will that be coming out before your tax policy?

Mr Spender-Sit down and let's get on with the business of the day.

Madam SPEAKER —Order! I call the honourable member for Moore.