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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 1008


The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted for Senator Townley to make a statement? There being no objection, leave is granted.


Senator TOWNLEY - I should like to say that unfortunately I have not had time to examine this Bill as fully as I would like. I think it is essential that in an evenly balanced Senate such as this any Bill is thoroughly dealt with. I think it is essential that we all have time to consider properly the legislation before it is passed by this House. I for one cannot be party to passing legislation before I have had time to deal with it fully. Some Government supporters may say that this is a delaying tactic but I think it is better than passing bad legislation.

We have just seen the passage of a complicated Bill. Many amendments were made to the Bill and need to be presented to the House of Representatives for approval. This, in some ways, is a similar Bill. I have in mind supporting a couple of the amendments that Senator Steele Hall has foreshadowed to me. As the delay that I am foreshadowing is only until the first day of sitting of the Budget session, I feel that it would be wise to do this rather than see the Bill totally defeated. But I foreshadow that my vote will be against the Bill if the adjournment of the debate, until 17 September, which I shall move, is not agreed to. I move:

That the debate on this Bill be now adjourned.


Senator Bishop - Mr President,I seek leave to make a statement.


The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.







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