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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1790


Mr SPEAKER - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted. (The document read as follows) - (

 


Mr DALY - I thank the House. The amount of time allowed for debate on this occasion compares very favourably with the times in that list. It is well in excess of the total debating time average of 5 hours 25 minutes. The Government proposes to set a limit of about 12 hours in the second reading and Committee stages, which bears more than favourable comparison with the record during the period in which the present Opposition was in government. The present Government has one of the heaviest legislative programs in history and still has many important legislative Bills to be debated before the House adjourns on 24th May. I say in all charity to honourable members opposite that this should be a lesson to them to debate the things that matter and not frivolous things as the honourable member for Angas (Mr Giles) has endeavoured to do from time to time.

The time allowed in this debate is the maximum that can be permitted. The Government has no desire to curtail debate, but it should be remembered by honourable members opposite that several limitations are imposed on this Parliament because of what I consider to be horse and buggy Standing Orders in this jet age. They are outdated. The methods of presentation and debate to which we are tied in the discussion of legislation in this Parliament must be overhauled if the Parliament is to work effectively. Otherwise it will have to sit throughout the year. I say in all sincerity to honourable members that, without any endeavour to limit the time, I find there is no alternative on a Bill of this nature. I am hopeful that in the not too distant future honourable members from all parties in the Parliament will discuss amendments to the Standing Orders and procedures to conform with the needs of these times, so avoiding the curtailment of debates on important issues like this one and on other important matters that come before the Parliament from time to time.







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