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Monday, 15 October 1973
Page: 2114


Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Leader of the House) - I am quite certain, Sir, that your ruling is correct. We were waiting for the debate to continue and nobody on that side rose to take it. The Leader of the Australian Country Party, instead of approaching me in the first place, came in on the bounce and on the hop, and said that the honourable member for Cowper did rise. He said that you did not see him, Mr Deputy Speaker, and that you should have called him. And then later on in the course of discussion he said perhaps you did not see him; perhaps he did not rise. I am not influenced by death bed confessions. Consequently, Mr Deputy Speaker, I do not ask you to resubmit it.

The Opposition, which is saying that it is to be the next Government, ought to be awake and alert. If its members are asleep when these things come on that is their business. For mv part this debate now is in the Committee stages and instead of wasting the time of this House, use up the time available to you by debating it in Committee as you should. Mr Deputy Speaker, I suggest that you stand by the decision which has been justly given and wrongly challenged by every honourable member opposite. It was a just one and a proper one and the Opposition can now debate this in Committee.


Mr Sinclair - Mr Deputy Speaker, I move dissent from your ruling.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - What is my ruling?


Mr Sinclair - Your ruling is that the second reading speech is concluded and that we should go into Committee. You have already ruled that.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - My ruling is that the question that the Bill be now read a second time has been carried by the House. The question we are now discussing is whether or not leave is granted to proceed to the third reading forthwith. I have asked whether leave is granted but you have not replied. If your reply is in the affirmative we will proceed to the third reading forthwith and the debate will then continue. All the honourable members you are worried about will get their opportunity to speak. Alternatively, we can go into Committee and they will still have the opportunity to speak.


Mr Sinclair - I submit that you have just given your ruling, Mr Deputy Speaker, and from that we dissent.







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