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Thursday, 13 September 1973
Page: 967

Mr GILES (Angas) - Very briefly I want partially to back up, possibly for different motives, the remarks made by my colleague the honourable member for Wakefield (Mr Kelly). The position as I understand it now is that we are about to vote on the amendment. If we vote against the amendment, in fact we are left with everything before the word 'That', which does not leave very much. I find myself--

Mr SPEAKER - The amendment will become the motion.

Mr GILES - I see.

Mr Reynolds - If it is defeated it will be stillborn.

Mr GILES - That is a rather confusing interjection in the circumstances. I want to point out that I am not happy either with the motion that the House has already defeated nor with the proposed amendment. I am going to find myself voting for the retention of the quite stupid situation in which we leave in the words up to 'That'. I am not satisfied that this House has had the proper time to consider and to debate the points that have been made today. It is unfortunate that we in this House are placed in the position where, unless we vote for the amendment now, nothing will be done for 12 months. I am forced into this position, but I offer at this stage to do everything I can to try to re-gear the circumstances along proper lines. The proper lines' will be judged by me. That is the situation in which I find myself. Although perhaps for different reasons, I am entirely on side with the honourable member for Wakefield.

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