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Thursday, 11 June 1970

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock (LYNE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In the strict sense there is no legislation before the House at the moment. The Chair, being extremely tolerant in its old age, allowed the honourable member for Melbourne Ports to speak.

Mr Snedden - I did not know whether 1 had to seek leave to speak. If I may speak with the indulgence of the Chair, I will proceed on that basis. The blue business sheet lists a number of Bills. It lists the Seamen's Compensation Bill and the Commonwealth Employees' Compensation Bill, which are now being called. I understand that the House is willing to have a cognate debate on these 2 Bills. Then there are the 2 Loan Bills, and I understand that there is a willingness for the House to have a cognate debate on those. I would not expect that either of those 2 cognate debates would occupy a great deal of time. We then have on the business sheet 5 States Receipts Bills. I believe the will of the House is that those Bills be taken together in a cognate debate.

The question I was asked was: How late are we going to sit tonight? I cannot give an answer as to how late we are going to sit. All I can say is what business I want to bring on tonight. One cannot fix . the time at which the House will rise. One can only fix what business one wants to transact. The business I want to transact is to complete the compensation Bills and the Loan Bills. If I can I would like to make a start on the States Receipts Bills. The honourable member asked what business there is for tomorrow. The business tomorrow would be to complete the States Receipts Bills, to complete the Stevedoring Industry (Temporary Provisions) Bill and to complete the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill. The honourable member asked whether the House will- be up by 4 o'clock tomorrow. I am unable to say whether we will be up by 4 o'clock. That is the programme for the House tomorrow, and at what time we will finish I do not know. The honourable member asked about the convenience of transport. I have had discussions with Mr Pike, who also asked that question. I have given him all the information I can give him which, essentially, is the information I have just provided.

Mr Bury - May I have the indulgence of the House to raise a point of order on this legislation? Before the debate is resumed on this Bill, I would like to suggest that it may suit the convenience of the

House to have a general debate covering this Bill and the Commonwealth Employees' Compensation Bill as they are associated measures. Separate questions may of course be put on each of the Bills at the conclusion of the debate. I, suggest therefore, Mr Deputy Speaker, that you permit the subject matter of the 2 Bills to be discussed in ur.s debate.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock - ls it the wish of the House to follow the suggestion made by the Treasurer? There being no objection. I will allow that course to be followed.

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