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Friday, 3 December 1976
Page: 3228

Mr BRYANT (Wills) - I have no real objection to our meeting on Monday or any other day. Today is the seventy-fourth day of sitting since last year. I draw the attention of the House to item No. 36 on the Notice Paper- the final report of the Joint Committee on the Parliamentary Committee System- and its implications for the way in which we run this place. In the way in which we are working I do not see that there is any possibility of the Parliament dealing with legislation adequately. The end-on-end deliberations of 150 to 200 pieces of legislation cannot be fitted into the time available. We have just completed our deliberations on the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Bill. I suppose that that was the best example we have had for some time of a Bill which was debated at the Committee stage. I suggest to the Leader of the House (Mr Sinclair) that he take the time to listen to people who have something to say to him.

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