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Wednesday, 14 September 1983
Page: 758

Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Leader of the House)(2.51) —by leave-I move:

That Standing Order 48A, as amended by the Sessional Order of 24 August 1983, relating to the adjournment of the House, and standing order 103, the 11 o'clock rule, be suspended for this sitting.

The reason for moving this motion relates to legislation before the House known as the Medicare legislation. It is legislation of some substance, and it is certainly contested. I am aware that the Opposition still has another 13 speakers who wish to participate in the debate, and we want to allow them to participate. That being so, it will be necessary to allow probably another seven hours of debate, or more. The Bills are certainly of national importance. The Government is anxious that they be passed without further delay. There has already been debate today of about one and three-quarter hours but, because of other matters still to come before the House by way of the business before the House, it seems to me to require at least the suspension of the 11 o'clock rule to enable all those listed to speak so to speak. That is why the Government is taking this unprecedented action.