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Thursday, 8 December 1960

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - No point of order is involved.

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK - I was saying, Mr. Temporary Chairman, that this bill came in on message. I waited about in this chamber at some personal inconvenience until half-past two in the morning.

Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - On a point of order: The fact that the Attorney-General was waiting until 2.30 a.m. at some personal inconvenience to himself to receive a message has nothing to do with the clause, and I ask you, Sir, to direct him to keep to the clause.

Mr Killen - On the point of order-

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - No point of order is involved.

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK - I was saying that I waited here until 2.30 a.m. to read two very short second-reading speeches, of which I gave copies to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, who was present when I read them. I did that in order that the honorable gentleman could take the bills to the caucus of his party on Wednesday morning and give the caucus an opportunity to consider them. Had I not read those speeches - as I have said, at some personal inconvenience - at half-past two in the morning, they would have been read on Wednesday, after the caucus of the Opposition party had met, and the caucus would have had no opportunity to consider the two bills.

So far from there being any stealth, one has only to stop to think about the matter to know how silly is the suggestion that there was stealth. I read two very short secondreading speeches, neither of which occupied five minutes, and the debate on each bill was immediately adjourned. What I was supposed to be achieving by that so-called stealth just escapes me. But the criticism that has been made indicates the tone of the debate this evening. We are down in the kindergarten class.

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