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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 1009

Senator BISHOP (South AustraliaPostmasterGeneral) - Senator Townley's move comes as a surprise to me. Consequently, it has not been considered by the Government. Despite that, I say that the Government would resist the adjournment of the debate for these reasons: As the honourable senator will probably know- he may not have taken part in the debatesin May of this year a general proposition amending the Act was brought forward, lt involved amendments which are the subject of these 2 Bills, namely, in respect to amalgamations and agreements. That was the basic foundation of the legislation which has been presented on 2 occasions. Again, in October, the Government, having had its comprehensive arbitration amendments rejected, brought down further amendments. It left out of those amendments 2 contested provisions which the Opposition did not like. These were provisions which the Opposition objected to strongly, namely, provisions in regard to sanctions and the provisions concerning torts. When the legislation was presented on the first occasion, in May or June the Government adjourned the debate in the same way as Senator Townley is trying to do now. When the legislation was again presented in October the Opposition opposed the provisions which the Government now seeks to enact. The Government is saying that on 3 occasions honourable senators have had the opportunity to consider the Government's purposes and what it deems to be appropriate legislation in respect of 2 main areas. These areas more or less have been consolidated in the 2 Bills before the Senate. For these reasons, we would oppose the adjournment of the debate. We think that the matter should be proceeded with because it has been tested before and the Senate should again consider what is being put to it.

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

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