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Wednesday, 1 December 1965


Mr DALY (Grayndler) .- It is quite obvious from the attitude of the honorable member for McMillan (Mr. Buchanan) and the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Killen) that Government members are determined to stall this Bill and to put up a sham fight on this clause in order to be able to claim credit possibly for trying to amend the Bill in keening with the views of the interests behind them. But honorable members opposite have not been prepared to this stage to carry the fight to the point to which it should be taken, and call for a division. The honorable member for Moreton has said that on this clause he will force the Committee to a division. The honorable member for McMillan, who has been sham fighting all night, has strongly supported the proposal put forward by the honorable member for Moreton. I challenge the honorable member for McMillan on this issue to call for a division with the honorable member for Moreton. If they do so the Committee will divide. If the honorable member is not prepared to do that, why hold up this legislation and why hold up the Committee? Why claim all the credit for putting up a good fight on this point when the honorable member is not prepared to divide the Committee on it?

The Attorney-General is under attack. He has been under attack from his own party all night. I hold no brief for the AttorneyGeneral. 1 think that, as he has abandoned Sir Garfield Barwick's proposals, he ought to stand up for his own: But he is not prepared to do so in this respect. For instance, the Attorney-General has refused to accept propositions to ban resale price maintenance, to examine mergers and monopolisation of credit finance. On this issue and on others I think he should stand up for himself. But with other members of the Opposition I am sick and tired of sitting here and hearing the sham fights put up by honorable members opposite. Their Attorney-General is under attack. If this Bill was ever taken before the caucus of honorable members opposite it could never have been discussed. We have had in the Committee tonight the kind of fight that should have taken place when this legislation was being examined in caucus. Therefore, I do not want to hear any more talk on that subject from the honorable member for McMillan unless he is prepared to cross the floor on this issue and vote against the proposals of the Government. Is he prepared to do that? The honorable member for Moreton has challenged the Committee to divide. The honorable member for McMillan, with magnificent courage, stood up in his place and asked the Attorney-General to accept the amendment. If the honorable member is not prepared to stand up and be counted on this issue, he has no right to make further submissions against this legislation.

Evidently members of the Country Party are in complete agreement with this legislation. Even the honorable member for Mallee (Mr. Turnbull), who would talk under water with weights on, will not stand up and speak tonight. He has been silent all night. So we can see the support that he is giving to the legislation. Members of the Liberal Party, who represent the big and vested interests in the community, are sham fighting. They will not stand up and be counted. Now is their opportunity. I challenge the honorable member for McMillan to support the honorable member for Moreton in a division on this issue. If members of the Liberal Party are not prepared to do that, they should have their bickerings at their secret meetings in their party room where the great white master stands over them and tells them what to do. They should not come into this chamber looking like freedom fighters and then skulk out like rabbits. That is what they are doing on this issue. We on this side of the chamber are sick and tired of it.







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