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Tuesday, 12 October 1971
Page: 2155


Mr SPEAKER -Order! I think the honourable member for Hindmarsh is getting away from the motion.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - It is impossible in 10 minutes to deal with this sort of subject. Do Government supporters believe that the question of industrial relations is worth only a 10-minute talk? Is this the Government's belief?


Mr Buchanan - You can have 20 minutes on the Estimates.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - 1 am sorry, Alec, but you may not be able to hear me for much longer so will you be quiet.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! I would suggest to the honourable member for Hindmarsh that the debate on a motion to suspend Standing Orders is fairly narrow.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Fair enough, Mr Speaker. You are right. I concede that. Therefore I cannot expand upon what I wanted to say. However we can now test the sincerity of Government supporters. We will see just how interested they really are in industrial relations and how interested they really are in finding out what are the Labor Party's proposals. We will find out how interested they really are in trying to ascertain whether their proposed policy compares favourably with our policy because until they hear the Labor Party's policy stated officially in the Parliament they have only the Press to guide them. I sincerely hope that honourable members opposite will allow me to state to the Parliament and to the people of Australia what it is that we stand for in industrial relations, because if this motion is defeated and the suspension of Standing Orders is refused they will be refusing me the right to state to the people of Australia what it is the Labor Party, the official alternative government, has to offer to the Commonwealth of Australia.


Mr SPEAKER - Will the honourable member formally move the motion? Is the motion seconded?


Mr Whitlam - I second the motion.


Mr Swartz - I thought the honourable member for Grayndler indicated that he was going to second the motion.


Mr Whitlam - The honourable member for Grayndler seconded the motion that the honourable member for Hindmarsh be heard.


Mr SPEAKER -I call the Leader of the Opposition.







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