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Tuesday, 29 November 1983
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Mr HODGMAN(10.25) —It is seconded. In seconding the amendment, I believe the honourable member for Farrer (Mr Fife) has once again done a great service to the people of Australia.

Mr Dawkins —Mr Deputy Speaker, I take a point of order. It was agreed by the House that there would be a cognate debate covering the subject matter of these three Bills. It was also agreed that separate questions would be put at the conclusion of the debate. I suggest that it is not in order for the seconder of the amendment to be speaking to the motion.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The Chair is unable to recognise such arrangements. The honourable member for Denison is entitled to the call.

Mr Dawkins —I just indicate to the Opposition that in these circumstances, where cognate debates covering related matters are agreed to by the House at the commencement of the debate, the Government is perfectly happy to facilitate the Opposition in moving its amendments to second reading motions. But the arrangements comprehend that the subject matter of the debate should be during the second reading debate on the first Bill. That is the normal arrangement. Of course, the Opposition can decide to breach these arrangements whenever it likes , but I think there are--

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! I must interrupt the honourable gentleman. As I understand it, the Acting Leader of the House is not raising a point of order as such. Is he seeking indulgence to make a statement? Otherwise, the honourable member for Denison has the call.

Mr Ruddock —On a point of order, the Minister has been speaking to a procedural motion. It is clearly out of order.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —I call the honourable member for Denison.

Mr HODGMAN —I think the Minister was indicating that the appropriate time for me to speak was in Committee. If that is so, I will not speak now.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Fife's amendment) stand part of the question.