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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Order! I ask the honorable member to withdraw that remark, which is a reflection on the Attorney-General.

Mr DALY - In deference to your wishes, Mr. Temporary Chairman, I withdraw it. I will say that he was misleading the Australian people concerning the Government's real intentions. I hope that he will rise in his place and explain to the honorable member for Chisholm and other members of the Parliament the real reason why the legislation will not now come into force until a date to be proclaimed instead of on the date originally stated.

I know why the AttorneyGeneral wants this bill to be put through so quickly. The Parliament is to be prorogued so that it can be opened by the new Governor General. When the Parliament is prorogued, all current legislation will lapse. Just to avoid that, the bill is to be rushed through without a full and complete inquiry. I believe that this alteration of the date, which has been brought to the attention of the committee by the. honorable member for Chisholm, proves the down right hypocrisy of the Government on this issue, and establishes the fact that it is misleading the Australian people. It now seeks to rush this legislation through the Parliament in order to please the honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. Joske) and one or two other legal lights on that side.

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