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Thursday, 25 November 1971
Page: 3666

Mr SWARTZ (Darling Downs) (Minister for National Development) - I will not take up much time of the House on this matter, although I appreciate the light atmosphere that has been introduced by the honourable member for Grayndler (Mr Daly). The procedure for dealing with general business is well understood by all honourable members, particularly the honourable member for Grayndler, who has been in this House a long time.

Sir Alan Hulme - Too long.

Mr SWARTZ - Perhaps the interjection Ls correct. Correct or not, the honourable member understands the Standing Orders. He understands standing order 104. He understands also that the matter raised by the honourable member for Angas (Mr Giles) is a matter of general business. Today the House met earlier and by agreement of the House a longer period was devoted to general business than is normally allowed. In other words, not only has there been a debate on general business today but the debate has been extended for a period of half an hour beyond the normal period allocated for general business and I think that fact is understood by the honourable member for Dawson (Dr Patterson) and the honourable member for Grayndler.

The point is that Government business is listed for debate this afternoon. There is an important matter to be debated first. There are some important Bills that have to be debated and i am sure that honourable members opposite, as do all other honourable members in this House, want to get on with the business of the House. The matters that are under the heading General Business' on the notice paper are listed in accordance with the normal procedure and will be dealt with in accordance with the normal proceduresof this House. There will be no change under these circumstances. As it is necessary to get on to Government business, as listed this afternoon, as quickly as possible I am afraid that we cannot accept the motion that has been moved by the honourable member for Dawson and seconded bythe honourable member for Grayndler. In view of the fact that we must quickly get on to the business I move:

That the question be now put.

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