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Wednesday, 14 March 1973
Page: 597

Mr GILES (Angas) - I will not detain the House for more than a couple of minutes. 1 just want to say that I and other honourable members on this side of the House are incensed at the treatment handed out by the Government over the 2 Bills that were on the notice paper today. The first was the Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Bill. We agreed to remove the name of the honourable member for Bradfield (Mr Turner) from the speakers' list in order to help the Government to complete the passage of that Bill earlier than would otherwise have been the case. Mr Deputy Speaker, you can imagine the amazement of honourable members on this side of the House when an extra Government speaker was added to the list, namely the honourable member for Hunter (Mr James).

Mr Daly - I raise a point of order. The honourable member is now referring to certain things which he said were done or were not done. I think he should give the Government an opportunity to state the real position.

To make these accusations at this stage is most unfair and incorrect. The situation was that-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Scholes)Order!The Minister is aware that there is no point of order. I ask him to resume his seat.

Mr Daly - I raise a further point of order. The honourable member is proposing to make statements to the House which are not correct, and accordingly I take the point of order.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order! There is no way in which the Chair can anticipate what the honourable member is proposing to say.

Mr GILES - I promise the Leader of the House (Mr Daly) that I will not pursue this point. My only purpose was to point out that my support for another Bill is undoubted, and I will make this quite clear when the House meets in due course to continue the debate on the second Bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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