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Thursday, 11 June 1970

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - As I understand the Standing Orders, they require that Grievances be noted as Order of the Day No. 1 Government business, on each alternate Thursday of a sitting, and that is the reason why it appears on the daily programme. As to the point raised by the honourable member that no indication had been given that the Grievance debate would not be proceeded with, it was my understanding that everybody was aware that the debate would not proceed today. I had given instructions on my side of the House, and I understood that they had been relayed to the other side of the House, that in fact the Grievance debate would not proceed today.

Mr Daly - Mr Speaker-

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member may not speak twice to the motion. He has already spoken on one occasion.

Mr DALY - I ask for leave to make a brief comment on the Minister's statement.

Mr SPEAKER - There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr DALY(Grayndler) - by leave- In view of what the Minister has just said which more or less implies that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr Barnard) who represents the Opposition in these matters, was aware that there would not be a Grievance debate today. I have asked a member of the Opposition to get the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in order that he might speak on this matter. It is complete news to me and to all honourable members on this side of the House. I suggest that if an arrangement was made we on this side should have been told about it. If no arrangement had been made I would assume that the debate would continue in the normal way. It is rather surprising for the Minister to move this motion now. Honourable members have given up a tremendous amount of their own time because they have in these sittings had to go on with so much Government legislation. A Grievance debate is one opportunity which honourable members on this side of the House have to put forward certain views. I suggest to the Minister that he withdraw the motion and permit the grievance debate to proceed. We have stayed in this chamber until very late at night dealing with Government legislation and the least that could be done is for the Minister to extend his courtesy to honourable members on this side.

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