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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
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Mr STALEY (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - Can the Prime Minister assure the House that debate on the motion which the right honourable member for Higgins has on the notice paper relating to homosexuality will not be cut short by a function in honour of the Queen tomorrow? How much time will he allow? Will he ensure that the House is able to give this sensitive and important matter the time it deserves so that this Parliament will not seem to be entirely irrelevant to many Australians?

Mr DALY - In accordance with the established practice of this Government the motion tomorrow will be debated. Furthermore a vote will be taken tomorrow. However, I advise the honourable member that due to the Queen's visit and the heavy legislative program there is no opportunity to extend the time tomorrow for that debate. I assure him that each member can vote- on this side, and on that side for all I know - in accordance with his own free will and conscience. There will be no restriction on how members vote but at about midday tomorrow the question will be put and a vote will be taken so that all who feel that way can attend the luncheon to the Queen.

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