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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4470

Mr SWARTZ (Darling Downs) (Minister for National Development) (9.391 - Dealing with the motion for the suspension of Standing Orders, whilst I appreciate the position which has been explained by the 2 members of the Opposition who have moved and seconded the motion. I should like to point out to the House that, first of all,

I know that this is an important subject. I know that it is a subject on which there is great anxiety by some honourable members who believe that we should proceed to clear it up as quickly as possible. In view of the circumstances, I think that it would be desirable for a vote to be taken on the issue. I suggest that perhaps the motion for the suspension of Standing Orders might be cleared and that the House should proceed back to the substantive statement by the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Sincalir) and the response which was made by the honourable member for Dawson (Dr Patterson). As has been requested by the 2 members of the Opposition who have spoken to this motion, we should then proceed to take the vote that they have sought on this matter. I suggest that, as soon as we clear the matter of the suspension of Standing Orders, we should proceed to the other matter immediately.

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