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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2381


The PRESIDENT - The question is that that motion be agreed to. Those of that opinion say aye, to the contrary no.


Senator Townley - Mr President,a point of order. Before we give permission for the second reading speech on this Bill to be incorporated in Hansard, I should like to lodge a complaint. A moment ago I wanted to speak on the first reading of the Pay-Roll Tax (Territories) Bill 1974. This Bill, together with the second reading speech, has just now been placed in front of me. I believe that we should have these documents in our hands before the first or second readings take place or before we give permission for the second reading speeches to be incorporated in Hansard, otherwise how are honourable senators to know whether it is a tax Bill and whether they have the opportunity to speak on the first reading? Will the Government please take some action on this matter so that in future we will know and will have the opportunity to speak when we want to do so.


The PRESIDENT - I must say that I recall having asked the Senate whether leave was granted for the incorporation of the second reading speech in Hansard. There was no audible dissent.


Senator Townley - There may be in future, Mr President.


The PRESIDENT -I refer the matter to the Manager of Government Business in the Senate.







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