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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
Page: 2261

In Committee


Mr Lynch - Mr Chairman, I seek your leave, before the Committee stage commences, to raise a point of procedure. You will be aware that the Opposition is seeking to move a total of 26 amendments and clearly adequate time will not be available because of the guillotine which has been proposed by the Government. With the leave of the Committee I ask that all Opposition amendments be incorporated in Hansard. We will obviously then be able to pursue them seriatim.


Dr J F Cairns - I have no objection to this procedure but I point out that these amendments comprise 5 typewritten pages and involve considerable detail. I understand that the amendments were circulated last night but, through no fault of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, I did not see them until about 20 minutes ago. On the face of it the Government could not accept quite a number of the amendments but there are some which it may be possible for the Government to accept. I suggest therefore that if we do not have time to consider all the amendments today or this evening I will have them examined and reach a decision on them. The Government will bc able to state its attitude to the amendments when the Bill goes before the other place. I do not want the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to believe that if there is not time to consider them today they will not be considered. I will consider each of the amend ments now being incorporated in Hansard and if there are any that I believe the Government can accept, necessary action will be taken in the other place.







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