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Wednesday, 3 April 1946

Mr SPEAKER (Hon J S Rosevear (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I inform honorable members that a suggestion was made with regard to the first three Orders of the Day, namely, the Constitution Alteration (Social Services) Bill 1946, the Constitution Alteration (Organized Marketing of Primary Products) Bill 1946, and the Constitution Alteration (Industrial Employment) Bill 1946, all of which propose alterations to the Constitution. I consulted with the leaders of all three political parties represented in this House, and they agreed that it would be to the advantageof all honorable members if the three bills could be debated on the motion for the second reading of the bill now before the House. This debate being concluded, each bill will then be dealt with separately. I wish all honorable members to understand that the three hill may be debated simultaneously.

Mr Menzies - That being understood, I am sure that the Prime Minister (Mr. Chifley) will agree that there should be no enforcement of any ruling against granting extensions of time to honorable members speaking during the debate, because, to deal simultaneously with the three bills, which cover so much ground, may require more than the time normally allotted for speeches on a motion for. the second reading of a bill.

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