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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) . - Mr. Temporary Chairman, 1 was very interested to find the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) entering into the discussion at this late hour. First, he asked whether what the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Killen) had said about a very high legal opinion on the amendment that he has proposed was true. He then immediately said that the honorable member and other honorable members on this side who have been proposing amendments have just been trying to delay the passage of the Bill. In other words, he wants two bob each way. First, he wanted to know whether what the honorable member had said in support of his proposed amendment was true and then he said, in effect, that the Attorney-General should accept the amendment. This only goes to prove that the discussion in which we are now engaged is well worth while because it may improve the Bill. It ill behoves the Leader of the Opposition to take this attitude. In other circumstances he has opposed bills with which he disagreed and has not bothered to try to improve them as we are trying to improve the measure now before us. He ought to know better than to come into the discussion almost at the last minute and put before us the sort of doctrine that he has adopted.

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