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Thursday, 1 December 1960

Mr BRYANT - On 7th April, 1959- more than eighteen months ago. That was in the very early days of the present Parliament. What has been the history of the last few months? This bill was introduced in the middle of August, and this evening, in effect, as soon as I rose to speak, the very people on the opposite side of the House who have been responsible for the extraordinary delay which has occurred made it plain that they did not want us to say anything about it.

I am concerned about two things. The first is the question of parliamentary supremacy. I expect the honorable member for Swan to be just as ardent an advocate of parliamentary supremacy as I am. The second thing about which I am concerned is the procrastination which has bedevilled every field of government throughout Australia for the last eleven years. While this Government remains in office that procrastination will continue to bedevil us. If the Treasurer can satisfactorily explain the extraordinary delay in these matters, I shall be very happy to listen to him, whether he repeats himself tediously or not. I hope that we shall receive an adequate explanation of these things.

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