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Thursday, 14 May 1970

Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) - The way in which the Committee stage of this extremely important Bill was handled is clear evidence that the way in which the Parliament has functioned for so long has been superseded by the needs of modern times. The Opposition was not given adequate opportunities to discuss the amendments which it proposed. Because the guillotine was applied we were not permitted to move several amendments which we had indicated we wished to move. I can readily appreciate that the Government wants this legislation passed.

We are not responsible for the delay in passing this legislation which the Australian public had been assured would be introduced as one of the first legislative items when the House resumed after the general election. The delay has been caused by internal problems within the Liberal Party. Obviously Australians should look hard at the way in which Parliament operates. This wind blown chamber has been superseded. We need more effective tools with which to work. We need better staff. We need better advisers. Above all we need a set of standing committees-

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