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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3012

Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Minister for Ser vices and Property) - by leave - I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a Privy Council Appeals Abolition

Bill 1973 and a Privy Council (Appeals from the High Court) Bill 1973-

(a)   being presented and read a first time together and one motion being moved without delay and one question being put in regard to, respectively, the second readings, the committee's report stage, and the third readings, of the Bills together, and

(b)   the consideration of the Bills in one committee of the whole.

So that the Opposition will be somewhat more calm than it now appears to be, I state that the purpose of this motion is to facilitate the introduction of the second reading of this measure.

Mr Snedden - Mr Speaker, I would like to see the terms of the motion which has been moved by the honourable member for Grayndler.

Mr DALY -I will hand a copy to the honourable member. This motion has been moved only for the purpose of allowing the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) to introduce the Bills and to make a second reading speech, nothing else. I assure the House that the Leader of the Opposion (Mr Snedden) will be given the opportunity to move the adjournment of the debate as soon as the Prime Minister has finished his speech.

Mr Whitlam - It is only to allow the second reading speech to be made.

Mr Snedden - Mr Speaker, the reason I asked to see the terms of the motion - I think an explanation needs to be given - is that as the motion was read out I thought it was predetermining the way in which the debate would take place. But if it is as the Prime Minister agrees, a motion to enable the Prime Minister to introduce the Bills and to make a second reading speech then the Opposition has no objection.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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