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Thursday, 13 September 1973
Page: 994

Mr McLEAY (Boothby) - I will not go over the arguments either, but I wish lo lend some support to my colleague the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron). When the Minister for the Capital Territory (Mr Enderby) spoke a few moments ago he said that this was the majority feeling of the House. My recollection of the vote on the last amendment is that it was something like just over 60 to around 30. A bigger proportion voted for that amendment than voted No' on the earlier question. It is a valid criticism of the operations of the House today-

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Scholes - Order! The honourable member cannot debate the operations of the House or the vote on the earlier clause. He should be debating whether the new clause should be added to the Bill. I suggest that he do so. If he does not, I will have to ask him to resume his seat.

Mr McLEAY - Thank you, Mr Chairman; but I will be resuming it in a moment anyway. The point I seek to make is that if we are to have free votes in this place they should be legitimate free votes because eventually the Parliament-

The CHAIRMAN - Order! The honourable gentleman will resume his seat. The matter he was debating was not part of the question before the Chair. The question is that the proposed new clause be added.

Question put:

That the new clause proposed to be added (Mr Sinclair's amendment) be added.

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