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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
Page: 2262


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - There is no point of order.


Mr DALY - I was merely pointing out to the Leader of the Country Party (Mr Anthony) that a member of his own Party sought to discuss a matter of public importance and the Opposition could not even maintain a quorum in the House. The honourable member for Gwydir had to appeal for support from his own side of the House on the most important matter of Aborigines. The Parliament cannot afford to overlook this time wasting in which the Opposition has engaged. If honourable members opposite desire to deliberate on very important and far reaching legislation such as that which is before the House at the moment, they should behave like members of Parliament and not like school children. Then they will have the opportunity to carry on such deliberations.

Important legislation has to be declared urgent because Opposition members have decided that they will try to make the Parliament unworkable. As I mentioned earlier, they are entitled to do this within the confines of the Standing Orders. We in our turn are entitled to use the Standing Orders also. Honourable members opposite will know that when we were sitting on that side of the House we had plenty of practice in applying the Standing Orders and we know the ins and outs of them. The Opposition is entitled to do all these things but it should not complain that as a result of its actions the discussion of important matters is shorter than probably it should be. I ask the House to carry this motion, and I suggest to honourable members opposite that if they want to debate this Bill at length they not waste time now in debating this motion because the time that is spent in doing so will come out of the time that may be devoted to debating the Australian Industry Development Corporation Bill.







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