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Thursday, 17 May 1973
Page: 2272


Mr DALY - I do not want to take up the time of the Parliament. However, I just wanted to put those facts on record. If honourable members opposite persist in wasting the time of this Parliament with frivolous motions of dissent and things of that kind there are 2 ways in which the Government can retaliate. Firstly, the Government can take the time wasted out of private members time or secondly, it can take the time available to the Opposition in other ways. I do not intend to interfere with the rights of private members having been one for so very long. But if honourable members opposite persist in wasting time they cannot complain when time is taken out or Bills are restricted in order to make up the leeway. It is quite impracticable for every honourable member to participate in every debate in this Parliament. I mention that every time we have asked for a list of speakers from the other side of the House we have been given the name of practically every member, particularly of the Liberal Party. Opposition members who do not get the opportunity to speak rush back to their electorates and say that they have not had the time to talk knowing full well that in most cases about two-thirds of them did not have anything to say at any stage of the Bill that was being discussed. I mention this in order to show that honourable members should concentrate on the matters that are of importance.

A period of 12 hours has been allocated for the 3 Bills that are to be discussed today. Yesterday the honourable member who rose a few moments ago and vehemently denied that he was a time waster, wasted the best part of an hour and a half of the invaluable time of this Parliament which could have been taken up on those important matters. Anybody who likes to study the record of the previous Government over a long period of time will see that members' rights were restricted, that there was no such thing as open government and that there was no chance of private members getting a go. This Government has remedied most of those faults. In addition we have never sat into the early hours of the morning as was constantly the case with the previous Government when we had to debate important legislation at 2, 3 and 4 o'clock in the morning.

I agree with honourable members opposite that the Standing Orders of this Parliament will have to be reviewed because I believe in these modern times no doubt we will have to sit for longer periods. Probably we will have to provide under the Standing Orders for better methods of presentation of debates. But for honourable members opposite to say that they are not getting a fair go and that adequate time is not being given for discussion is something that cannot be substantiated. Quite frankly, if any record is necessary I refer honourable members to that historic debate which appears in the Hansard report of 4th May 1971, when the Liberal Party put through 17 Bills in 19 hours. In order that honourable members might see what was done by the Liberal Party in comparison with what has been done by our Government, I seek leave to incorporate in Hansard some extracts from the 'Votes and Proceedings' of the House of Representatives for 4th May 1971.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Berinson)Isleave granted? There being no objection leave is granted. (The document read as follows) -

Allotment of time: Mr Swartz then moved - That the time allotted in connection with the Bills be as follows:

(a)   Compensation (Commonwealth Employees) Bill 19-71 -

(a)   For the second reading, 1 hour;

(b)   For the remaining stages, 1 hour.

(2)   United States Naval Communication Station (Civilian Employees) Bill 1971- For all stages of the Bill, 5 minutes.

(3)   Air Accidents (Commonwealth Liability) Bill 1971 - For all stages of the Bill, 5 minutes.

(4)   Anglo-Australian Telescope Agreement Bill 1971 - For all stages of the Bill, 5 minutes.

(5)   Seamen's Compensation Bill 1971 - For all stages of the Bill, 5 minutes.

(6)   Income Tax Assessment Bill (No. 2) 1971-

(a)   For the second reading, 1 hour; |

(b)   For the remaining stages, 30 minutes. f

(7)   Income Tax (Withholding Tax Recoupment) Bill 1971- For all stages of the Bill,5 minutes.

(8)   Income Tax (Bearer Debentures) Bill 1971-For all stages of the Bill, 5 minutes.

(9)   States Grants (Rural Reconstruction) Bill 1971-

(a)   For the second reading, 4 hours;

(b)   For the remaining stages,5 minutes.

(10)   Loan (Farmers' Debt Adjustment) Bill 1971- For all stages of the Bill, 5 minutes.

(11)   Papua and New Guinea Bill 1971-

(a)   For the second reading, 30 minutes;

(b)   For the remaining stages,5 minutes.

(12)   Stevedoring Industry Charge Bill 1971-

(a)   For the second reading, 40 minutes;

(b)   For the remaining stages,5 minutes.

(13)   Stevedoring Industry Charge Assessment Bill 1971- For all stages of the Bill, 5 minutes.

(14)   Superannuation Bill 1970 -

(a)   For the second reading, 1 hour;

(b)   For the remaining stages, 1? hours.

(15)   Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Bill (No. 2) 1970-

(a)   For the second reading, 30 minutes;

(b)   For the remaining stages, 5 minutes.

(16)   Trade Practices Bill 1971-

(a)   For the second reading, 2? hours;

(b)   For the remaining stages, 1? hours.

(17)   Wool Industry Bill 1971-

(a)   For the second reading, 2 hours;

(b)   For the remaining stages, 30 minutes.

Debate ensued.

Mr Gilesaddressing the House

Closure of Member moved: Mr Cope moved - That the honourable Member be not further heard.

Question - put.

The House divided (the Speaker, Sir William Aston, in the Chair) -

And so it was negatived.

Debate continued.

The time allowed by standing order 92 for the discussion of the motion for the allotment of time having expired -

Question - That the motion be agreed to - put.

The House divided (the Speaker, Sir William Aston, in the Chair) -


Mr DALY - I thank the House. I will conclude by saying that the record of the present Government in respect of private members and the conduct of the business of the House will bear more than favourable comparison with the record of any government of our time.







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