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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2245

Mr SPEAKER -The honourable member is in fact moving a motion to suspend the Standing Orders, is he?

Mr SCHOLES - Yes. The only way in which a matter of this nature can be dealt with by this House is for the Standing Orders to be suspended. There are no realistic provisions in the Standing Orders for matters of this nature to be brought forward and voted upon. 1 believe that the suspension of the Standing Orders will enable this House to express an opinion on a matter about which I think the majority of the members of this House feel very strongly. The Government believes its level of aid is sufficient. It is my opinion that the majority of honourable members do not and because of that, because of the very serious plight of the refugees and because of the extreme urgency of this matter I ask honourable members to give serious consideration to the motion and vote for the suspension of Standing Orders, which is the only method that will enable honourable members to express an opinion on a matter of this type and to indicate as members of the Federal Parliament exactly what our feelings are on this matter and what action we feel the Government should take.

I.   do not intend to delay the House any further. 1 think this is a matter of substance and I think it is a matter which the Parliament should express an opinion upon. I believe it is a matter on which honourable members should have sufficient courage to vote for the motion and so enable this Parliament to express an opinion. We cannot under the Standing Orders move for an allocation of money. This is the prerogative of the Governor-General. However, we do have a responsibility to express our opinion as members of the Federal Parliament. I have moved for the suspension of the Standing Orders so that it can be placed quite clearly on the record that this House believes that the level of aid which is at present being provided is not sufficient and should be increased by the amount stated in the motion.

Mr SPEAKER -Is the motion seconded?

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