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Thursday, 26 March 1987
Page: 1633

Mr HAND(6.29) —I rise to lend my support to the Government. I was not able to speak during the second reading debate; however, I want to congratulate the Government and the Minister on the legislation. It is one of a series of such legislative procedures we have brought before the House and I am totally committed to it. The great tragedy of why we are engaged in this little exercise tonight by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, the honourable member for Menzies (Mr N.A. Brown), is that there is tremendous chaos on his side of the House. Honourable members opposite refuse to have a division. They refused to allow their members to record their names in the vote a few moments ago.

The CHAIRMAN —The honourable member shall come back to clause 3 of the Bill.

Mr HAND —Mr Deputy Speaker, my speech has a lot to do with clause 3. Honourable members opposite are all over there in a huddle. This Bill exposes the differences that exist within the parties on the other side. Tonight up to 12 Opposition members are boycotting this debate. They have gone home to Melbourne; they have gone home to Brisbane.

Sitting suspended from 6.30 to 8 p.m.