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Wednesday, 23 March 1966


Mr SPEAKER - I have received a letter from the honorable member for Dawson (Dr. Patterson) proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the House for discussion, namely -

The need for the Government to counter the effects of the current and future droughts by providing the States with additional funds for the immediate construction of practical water storages in proven areas and by making available to the States free of cost the investigation staff of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority.

I call upon those members who approve of the proposed discussion to rise in their places. (More than the number of members required by the Standing Orders having risen in their places) -


Mr Lucock - I rise to order. I seek to clarify what appears at the moment to be an anomaly, and I do so in an effort to protect the rights of members of this House. I refer to the motion placed on the notice paper by my colleague, the honorable member for Gwydir (Mr. Ian Allan) on 16th March. The discussion of that motion is set down for tomorrow. It appears to me that it would be possible and practicable under the present system to bring forward for discussion as a matter of public importance a matter suggested for discussion in a motion of which notice had been given by another honorable member, thus denying that other honorable member the right to initiate the discussion. I point out that when an honorable member gives notice of a motion, he must indicate the lines which the discussion is to take. I raise my point of order because I want to try to clarify the position for honorable members. I suggest that the urgency proposal of the honorable member for Dawson is not in order, as there is a danger that the discussion on it would override discussion of the subject matter referred to in the motion of which the honorable member for Gwydir has given notice.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! I point out to honorable members that Standing Order 107 provides that the Speaker shall put a matter of public importance before the House for discussion only after and if he has determined that it is in order. When this matter was submitted to me this morning by the honorable member for Dawson I examined it in the light of the anticipation rule.

The motion appearing in the name of the honorable member for Gwydir has as its principal purpose the setting up by the Commonwealth and the States of a planning and construction authority to regulate the flow of all major river systems. The matter submitted by the honorable member for Dawson relates primarily to current and future droughts and proposes that their effects be countered by the provision of funds to enable the States to construct immediately water storages in proven areas, and that the investigation staff of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority be made available to the States free of charge.

I was of the opinion that the two proposals are basically different and that the matter submitted by the honorable member for Dawson does not breach the anticipation rule, either with reference to the motion or the orders of the day in connection with the drought relief measures which appears on the notice paper. I am still of that opinion. Therefore, in my view, the matter raised by the honorable member for Dawson is in order.







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