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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 1009

Senator STEELE HALL (South AustraliaLeader of the Liberal Movement) - I will support Senator Townley 's motion for the reason that it is obvious, as he has stated categorically, that he will vote against the Bill if it is presented now, and it will be lost if the debate proceeds. There are a considerable number of people in the community from both sides of politics .who urgently want this Bill. Their wishes will not be furthered if it is defeated in this way. So whilst I, and I am willing to vote on the measure, as I am sure are a lot of others, I understand Senator Townley 's pressure of work, and rather than vote for a procedure -

Senator McAuliffe - What about us? We have the same work -

Senator SteeleHall- I understand that I have - (Honourable senators interjecting)-

The PRESIDENT - Order! I call on Senator Steele Hall- Senator Townley 's pressure of work is not the main reason. That was an aside.

Senator McAuliffe - I am pleased to hear that.

Senator STEELE HALL - Well, I am facing the simple fact that if the Government proceeds, the Bill is lost. If there is a possibility of preserving the Bill by supporting Senator Townley 's motion, I will do so because I support the Bill. Therefore, for quite different reasons, I suppose, than those held by some others, I support the motion.

Senator DONALDCAMERON (South Australia) I seek leave to make a statement.

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted?

Senator Webster - No.

Senator Wright - No.

The PRESIDENT - There being objection, leave is not granted.

Question put:

That the debate be now adjourned.

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