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Wednesday, 2 November 1983
Page: 2174

Mr DAWKINS (Minister for Finance)(10.56) —The Opposition is attempting to delay and frustrate the business of this House. In the normal course of events honourable members from both sides have given notice of issues which they would like the House to debate at some time in the future. There are currently 236 notices of motion on the Notice Paper. The Government, when it wants to and when it thinks it appropriate, will bring on for discussion some and perhaps all of those issues. The Opposition, of course, would like to pick and choose which motions are to be debated.

Mr McVeigh —You are shaking.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Darling Downs will cease the chatter across the table.

Mr McVeigh —I am worried about him. He is shaking.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Darling Downs has a habit of answering back when he is requested to desist from certain action. I ask him to pay more respect to the Chair.

Mr DAWKINS —Mr Speaker, the Government has been extraordinarily indulgent with the Opposition over the last few weeks. It has provided the Opposition with numerous opportunities to pursue its own little hobby horses and to pursue its own little rabbits down any little hole. But on this matter the Opposition is attempting to frustrate the forms of the House and to delay the Government's important legislative program. This issue was debated as a result of the Opposition's raising a matter of public importance yesterday. It is always open to the Opposition to raise matters of public importance on any day on any issues which concern it. Yesterday it raised a matter of public importance on this issue. It was debated by the Government and the debate was concluded. If the Opposition wants to raise the issue again it will have until 12 o'clock in which to do so.

Mr Peacock —Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. It is clear that the Minister is going to allow us time to debate a motion if, he says, we put one forward.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! That is not a point of order.

Mr Peacock —The point of order is that it relates to the Notice Paper. Notice of motion No. 3 given for today, Wednesday 2 November, reads:

MR COLEMAN: To move-That this House welcomes the action of the United States and 7 countries of the Organisation of East Caribbean States-

Mr SPEAKER —Order! I ask the Leader of the Opposition to--

Mr Peacock —I refer to that. The Minister has indicated that he will debate it. I assume he will wind up his remarks and allow us to debate this motion immediately.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! There is no point of order.

Mr DAWKINS —This preposterous phoney, the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Peacock), knows exactly what I have said. I have said that matters of public importance arise every day. The Leader of the Opposition proposed a debate on this issue yesterday. The Government debated the issue with the Opposition. If the Opposition wants to pursue this matter again it can propose it as a matter of public importance today and, of course, it will be debated. The point is that the Government does have an important legislative program. This is not the time of the day when these matters are supposed to be capriciously brought forward. Important matters are before the House.

Opposition members interjecting-

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The House will come to order. There is too much interjection from the front bench on my left.

Mr DAWKINS —There are Bills to be introduced. There are reports from committees to be dealt with. There are debates to be had in relation to a number of matters including amendments to the Constitution. The Government will not have its program distorted in this way. The Government will not have the business of the Government taken out of its hands in this way.

Mr Peacock —We want to debate your motion.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! I ask the front bench on my left to cease interjecting. This is the second time I have made the request. I will have to take action.

Mr DAWKINS —This is a childish attempt to try to frustrate the program of the Government. As I have indicated before, if the Opposition wants to debate the Grenadan issue it can again propose a matter of public importance which will be debated at the appropriate time. But we will not have the business of the Government taken out of the hands of the Government. I move:

That the question be now put.

Question put. The House divided.

(Mr Speaker-Hon. Harry Jenkins)

Ayes 63 Noes 40 -- Majority 23 -- AYES

Baldwin, P. J.

Jacobi, R.

Beazley, K. C.

Johnson, Les

Beddall, D. P.

Jones, Barry

Bilney, G. N.

Keating, P. J.

Blanchard, C. A.

Keogh, L. J.

Blewett, N.

Kerin, J. C.

Brumby, J. M.

Klugman, R. E.

Campbell, G.

Lindsay, E. J.

Charles, D. E.

McHugh, J.

Child, J.

McLeay, Leo

Chynoweth, R. L.

Maher, M. J.

Cohen, B.

Mayer, H.

Cross, M. D.

Mildren, J. B.

Cunningham, B. T. (Teller)

Milton, P.

Dawkins, J. S.

Morris, Allan

Duffy, M. J.

Morris, Peter

Edwards, Ronald

Morrison, W. L.

Everingham, D. N.

Punch, G. F.

Fatin, W. F.

Reeves, J. E.

Free, R. V.

Saunderson, J.

Gayler, J.

Scholes, G. G. D.

Gear, G.

Simmons, D. W.

Gorman, R. N. J.

Snow, J. H.

Griffiths, A. G.

Staples, P. R.

Hand, G. L.

Steedman, A. P.

Hawke, R. J. L.

Theophanous, A. C.

Hayden, W. G.

Uren, T.

Holding, A. C.

Wells, D. McM.

Hollis, C.

West, S. J.

Howe, B. L.

Willis, R.

Humphreys, B. C. (Teller)

Young, M. J.

Hurford, C. J.


Adermann, A. E.

Hodgman, W. M.

Aldred, K. J.

Hunt, R. J. D.

Andrew, J. N.

Katter, R. C.

Anthony, J. D.

Lloyd, B.

Braithwaite, R. A.

Lusher, S. A.

Burr, M. A.

McGauran, P. J.

Cameron, Ewen (Teller)

MacKellar, M. J. R.

Carlton, J. J.

McVeigh, D. T.

Coleman, W. P.

Macphee, I. M.

Connolly, D. M.

Moore, J. C.

Cowan, D. B.

O'Keefe, F. L.

Dobie, J. D. M.

Peacock, A. S.

Drummond, P. H.

Porter, J. R.

Edwards, Harry

Robinson, Ian

Fisher, P. S.

Ruddock, P. M.

Goodluck, B. J.

Shipton, R. F.

Groom, R. J.

Sinclair, I. McC.

Hall, Steele

Spender, J. M.

Hawker, D. P. M.

Street, A. A.

Hicks, N. J. (Teller)

Wilson, I. B. C.


Bowen, Lionel

Millar, P. C.

Brown, John

Cameron, Ian

Fry, K. L.

Fife, W. C.

Brown, Robert

Tuckey, C. W.

Darling, E. E.

Newman, K. E.

Kent, L.

Cadman, A. G.

Mountford, J. G.

White, P. N. D.

Question so resolved in affirmative.

The bells having been rung-

Mr Peacock —Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. Could you ask the honourable member for Sydney (Mr Baldwin) to advise the House why he is voting against himself?

Mr SPEAKER —There is no point of order.

Question put:

That the motion (Mr Peacock's) be agreed to.