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Friday, 12 September 1969

Mr BUCHANAN (McMillan) - I would like to comment on this motion. I think it is a very good one. I am very glad that the Government has seen fit to divide these two departments so that honourable members may speak to them with some continuity. But I query why the estimates for the Department of Works and the estimates for the Department of the Interior, which are two separate departments altogether, were not set down to be considered separately. They should be considered separately. This week we discussed the estimates for the Repatriation Department and the departments of Health, Housing and Social Services in one group. Members were allowed to speak only once under the one group heading. There are members, including myself, who would very much like to have had the opportunity to say something on each of those subjects. The Department of Customs and Excise, the Department of Primary Industry and the Department of Trade and Industry were under one heading. It is ridiculous to lump the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Primary Industry under the one heading. There is a very great need for full discussion of the items of these two departments. The guillotine is very inequitable to members who want to express opinions. I hope that in futures years the Government will see fit to divide the debate on the Estimates so that every department comes under a separate heading.

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