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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - I move:

That standing order 103 (eleven o'clock rule) be suspended for this sitting.

The term 'this sitting', Mr Speaker, converted to non-parliamentary language means'for today'. The proposal is that we will sit tonight and that at 1 1 o'clock, in accordance with the sessional motion you, Mr Speaker, will be putting the Question That the House do now adjourn'. It is my intention at that time to require you to put the question forthwith. Then, we will call for a negative to that question so that Government Business can proceed beyond 1 1 o'clock tonight. I know that honourable members are not anxious to sit late at night and I say that neither am I. But there comes times when it is necessary to do so.

My purpose in moving the suspension of the11 o'clock rule for. today only is thattomorrow night the ordinary procedure should apply. That is, the question for the adjournment should be put at 1 1 o'clock.

Mr Armitage - What about next week?

Mr SNEDDEN - Next week is another week. We will reach next week next week. The notice paper contains a very heavy programme of legislation. 1 am quite sure that honourable members who have been in the House for any period will not remember an occasion when the notice paper did set out such a heavy legislative programme. Yet, I am bound to say that most of the legislation is, I think, legislation which the Opposition will not be opposing. Honourable members opposite may have attitudes which vary from the attitude of the Government on a number of items but I doubt whether many Bills will be opposed. So, although there is a large number of pieces of legislation and although each of those pieces is important in its own way, there is a great number of individual Bills which must be dealt with.

On the 'Daily Programme' issued today, a number of Bills are listed. The first is the Queensland Grant (Bundaberg Irrigation

Works) Bill. There remains only one speaker, the honourable member for Wakefield (Mr Kelly). When that Bill is passed, we will go on to the Handicapped Children (Assistance) Bill. I do not know in advance, but I do not expect that Bill to be opposed by the Opposition. Next there is the States Grants (Special Financial Assistance) Bill which the honourable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr Crean) will handle on behalf of the Opposition. I would not expect those Bills to occupy a very great period. Then, the Marginal Dairy Farms Agreements Bill will come on. Following that will be 6 Bills relating to dairying. I would indicate that, with the concurrence of the Opposition, a cognate debate will take place on these Bills which are Orders of the Day 6 to 11 inclusive. It will be necessary at the end of that cognate debate to put the motion for the second reading of each of those Bills as a separate question. Unless the 11 o'clock rule was suspended - that is assuming that the debate goes beyond II o'clock - it would not be possible to put each of those questions at the end of that cognate debate.

I have already listed for today one other order of the day. This is the Civil Aviation (Offenders on International Aircraft) Bill which was introduced in the Senate, passed by the Senate, and has now come to this House for its concurrence. I do not have complete details but I expect that that piece of legislation would not involve a great deal of debate in this House. I have not yet made a decision as to whether that Bill should pass tonight. This will depend on the hour of the night at which the other Bills are completed.

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