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Wednesday, 13 May 1970

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - I move:

That the time allotted in connection with the Bill be as follows:

(a)   For the Committee stage -

(i)   to the end of clause 18, until 8.4S p.m. this day.

(ii)   to the end of clause 21, until 10.25 p.m. this day. (in) to the end of clause 41, until 3.15 p.m.

Thursday 14th May.

(iv)   to the end of clause 55, until 4.15 p.m.

Thursday 14th May.

(y)   remainder of Committee stage, until 4.35 p.m. Thursday 14th May.

(b)   For the remaining stages, until 4.40 p.m. Thursday 14th May.

Mr Deputy Speaker,I have declared this an urgent Bill because it has to pass through this House, go to the Senate, be passed there and then receive the GovernorGeneral's assent so that the benefits available to the public under it may be made available as soon as is reasonably possible. This Bill confers very considerable benefits upon the public, especially those suffering from illnesses or who are in need of operations, surgical care or general medical care. Because of this it is the Government's wish that the benefits be made available to them as soon as possible. These are the reasons for the Government's action in declaring it an urgent Bill. lt is necessary to point out also that the Opposition has circulated 33 proposed amendments to this Bill. If those 33 amendments were moved individually, seriatim, then from past experience I think it rather likely that we would have to have a closure motion on each of them, followed by a vote on the substantive issue. This would mean that 66 divisions were possible. As it takes between 7 and 8 minutes to count a division it will be apparent to every honourable member that we could be faced with division time alone - what one might call dead time - of over 7 hours. Quite clearly it is not in the interests of the Parliament to spend so much time with the tellers counting heads. Over 64 hours are made available under the proposed allotment of time.

Mr Hayden - It is Si hours.

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