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Friday, 3 December 1965

Mr DALY (Grayndler) .- I do not profess to know or to understand completely the amendment moved by the honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth), because it is only one of the many - in addition to the 107 circulated amendments - that have been moved off the cuff. It is practically impossible to follow them accurately or to understand them when they are given so rapidly, and evidently without much consideration. I say only about the amendment that it is one designed by honorable members, such as the honorable member for Mackellar, on the other side of the Parliament, to make this Bill unworkable and to destroy completely the functions of the Tribunal. Why this tactic is being indulged in is beyond me. The legislation was introduced originally in 1962. The honorable member's own Minister, his own party and others have given honorable members opposite ample time to discuss it and to propose an amendment to the clause under discussion. I ask the AttorneyGeneral (Mr. Snedden) whether the honorable member for Mackellar had any opportunity to say anything at all about the matter in the party room and whether we are just getting a secondhand proposal that has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Government parties. About 107 amendments have been circulated and I should imagine that about 20 or 30 of this nature are to be moved. The Committee is bogged down by this conduct and no progress whatever has been made.

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