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Thursday, 17 February 1977
Page: 242

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock -I cannot call the Attorney-General while another member is standing, because the AttorneyGeneral, having presented the Bill in the first place, would close the debate. Therefore, if the honourable member for Hughes insists on taking the call, the call must be given to him. I call the honourable member for Hughes.

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I appreciate the opportunity to speak briefly -

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I understand that this debate has to be completed by 9.15 p.m., to allow the Bills to pass to the other House, after 4 divisions in which an absolute majority must be recorded. I ask, for the sake of common sense, that on this occasion the honourable member for Hughes forsake his right to speak. We had 3 Labor speakers in a row. Members on this side of the House stood down to allow members opposite to speak so that the Bills could go to the other chamber. I believe that we have been more than reasonable and have done the right thing by both sides of this Parliament

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As a responsible member of this House, I have a tendency to cooperate. I still have some resentfulness because this kind of thing is pulled far too often. This is a very important matter. As a long serving member, I would like to speak to the Bills. Because the

Opposition is intent on gaining the support of the community for this legislation, I will yield to the Attorney-General (Mr Ellicott)

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