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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 4378


Mr SPEAKER - Is leave granted?


Mr Lynch - I have not seen the terms of reference.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - No, I said the Leader of the Opposition, not the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.


Mr Lynch - I suggest that the honourable gentlement simply seek leave to incorporate the documents in Hansard because the House has other business before it at present.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -Could I just say in support of my application for leave that the Leader of the Opposition agreed that I be given leave to make a statement. I ask that that promise be honoured.


Mr Lynch - On the basis, unknown to me, that some arangement has been made -


Mr SPEAKER - I think it might be possible to establish whether leave was granted. The secretary of the Leader of the Opposition is in the precincts of the chamber.


Mr Lynch - I understand that the Leader of the Opposition has granted leave, in which case leave is granted now. I trust that it will be a short statement, unlike those normally made by the honourable gentleman.


Mr SPEAKER - Leave is granted.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I want to say that yesterday -


Mr Snedden - There must be some misunderstanding. The Minister for Labour asked me whether he could put in Hansard the terms of settlement of the dispute. I understood that to mean that he would seek leave to incorporate the terms in Hansard. I agreed readily to that request because I felt that the terms of the settlement should be made public. Had he asked for leave to make a statement, I can assure him that I would have said: 'Yes, you can have leave if you give us the normal 2 hours notice of the statement so that we can respond to it'. I think that the best thing for the honourable gentleman to do is, by leave, to incorporate the terms of the settlement in Hansard and give us a copy of the proposed statement. Then, in 2 hours, according to what stage of business the House has reached at that time, we will be very happy to give him leave to make a statement.


Mr SPEAKER -The matter of the conduct of the House, of course, has nothing to do with the Chair. Is leave granted?


Mr Snedden - Leave will be granted for the Minister to incorporate the terms-


Mr SPEAKER - There can be no debate on the question of whether or not leave is granted. The question is quite clear and it requires a Yes' or a 'No' answer.


Mr Snedden - Leave is not granted to make a statement.


Mr SPEAKER - Leave is not granted to make a statement.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - As leave has been refused, I shall seek to make a personal explanation.







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