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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 3313


Mr FOX (Henty) - In the remaining minute or two of the time allowed for this debate, I should like to put a few facts on record. The honourable member for Chifley (Mr Armitage) said that the record of the present Government with regard to the use of the guillotine is far better than that of its predecessor. These are the facts: In the life of the last Parliament the LiberalCountry Party Government used the guillotine on 4 occasions. Admittedly, these 4 occasions involved 20 Bills, 17 of them in one instance. However, the fact remains that in 3 years the guillotine was used on only 4 occasions in respect of 20 Bills. As to the period during which this Government has been in office, in the 6 months since May last this is the ninth occasion on which the Government has used the guillotine, and those 9 occasions have involved 14 Bills. The Bills now proposed to be dealt with are three of the most important Bills that have ever been discussed. Surely those who have an opposite viewpoint with respect to the propositions to be submitted to the public as a result of these Bills should have he opportunity to explain to the public why they hold that view. The Leader of the House (Mr Daly) suggested that if these Bills were not guillotined


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The time allowed for this debate has expired.

Question put.

That the motion (Mr Daly's) be agreed to.







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