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Thursday, 25 November 1965

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Leader of the Opposition) . - I support the remarks of the honorable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Crean). What we want to know is whether a second reading debate can take place on any of these Bills if the Opposition desires it. Would the passage of this motion necessitate only one debate on the whole of these 30 Bills or could we debate them at the Committee stage or in any other way? We want to co-operate with the Government but we do not want to prevent ourselves from making whatever contributions we wish to make in respect of any of these Bills. I leave it to the honorable member for Melbourne Ports, who is handling these Bills for the Opposition, to make the decision, but we should like to hear more from the Minister.

Mr Crean - Mr. Deputy Speaker, can not the Minister ask for leave to make a statement?

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