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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2474

Senator MURPHY -I move:

That Government business after order of the day No. 10 be postponed to the first day of the next sittings.

I move that motion in contemplation of the fact that the rest of the business also would carry over to the first day of the next sittings. Important matters remain to be discussed. One Bill that it is intended to discuss is the Softwood Forestry Agreements Bill. An important question has been raised in relation to this Bill and a proposed amendment has been circulated this afternoon. There is no possibility of my Party being able to examine the implications of that amendment and no possibility ofthe Opposition coming to a decision on this very important matter.

The next matter is the Industrial Research and Development Grants Bill 1972. That is a major Bill dealing with a 5 year scheme for payments to industry. It came into the Senate yesterday, and it is a Bill in relation to which it is impossible for anyone to prepare a proper speech. 1 see that my name is listed as one who is to speak to this Bill. The third matter, the Salaries (Statutory Offices) Adjustment Bill 1972. is also an extremely important matter with implicationsflowing across the whole board. That Bill came into this place yesterday.

It does not seem to us to be reasonable that these matters should have to be considered as they would be if we deal with them today. Sometime the lesson will be learned by the Government that measures of a major nature ought to be brought in well before the end of the sessional period. If this lesson is not brought home in any other way it will have to be brought home by consideration of the matters remaining on the notice paper at the end of the sessional period being deferred. Bills ought to be introduced in ample time for them to receive a reasonable consideration. The Senate is not being treated as it ought to be treated, and I ask the Senate to agree to the proposition that we stand these matters over to the first day of the next period of sittings.

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