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Wednesday, 23 November 1960

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Leader of the Opposition) . - The Government must have some purpose in view when it proposes to abandon general business to-morrow. I protested on the last occasion when a motion of this kind was proposed. I made a plea on behalf of the honorable member for Barton (Mr.

Reynolds) who has on the notice-paper a motion relating to ex-servicemen. I made a plea also on behalf of the honorable member for New England (Mr. Drummond) who has on the notice-paper a long and interesting resolution relating to decentralization. I indicated also that I wished tq have discussed a motion standing in my own name.

We all know that the session is moving to its close, but surely to-morrow could be devoted to a discussion of general business. At least, the matters that have been raised by the honorable member for Barton and the honorable member for New England could be discussed in part and honorable members on both sides pf the House given an opportunity to express some views on them.

Seemingly, the Government wishes to get on with the business of the House. I do not blame it for that, but members of the Opposition object to a deprivation of their rights even at this late stage of the sittings. They do not like to surrender the opportunities that are afforded by Grievance Day or by general business day at any time and under any circumstances.

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