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Wednesday, 10 June 1970

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Leader of the Opposition) - I ask for your guidance, Mr Speaker. On the Daily Programme issued for the general guidance of honourable members there is a reference at the top of the second page indicating that the Minister for Health (Dr Forbes) would be seeking leave to make a ministerial statement in connection with the National Health Bill 1970. As I understand it, the normal time to make ministerial statements is now, after the time when papers have been presented. Sir, it also appears from the Daily Programme that the statement which the Minister for Health will seek leave to make on the National Health Bill will be immediately followed by consideration of that Bill in Committee. I ask: Is it not possible to have this statement made at this stage so that honourable members will at least have the benefit of considering it before they have to deal with the Bill to which it refers?

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