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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr DALY (Grayndler) (1:28 AM) .- I cannot allow the occasion and the comments which have been made by the Treasurer (Mr. Harold Holt) and the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Killen) to pass without saying that there has been one feature of the legislation and of the conduct of the debate which has been rather unusual; that is, that the debate went to the full limits and desires of the Government, or of the members of the Government parties who desired to participate in it. I hope that this form of democracy, which has disappeared from the Parliament under this Government, will reappear, and that the debate on this legislation heralds in a new approach to dealing with legislation in this Parliament. I hope that when legislation such as the Stevedoring Industry Bill comes before the Parliament, the Opposition will receive the same consideration as was given on this occasion to members of the Government parties whom the Government was frightened to gag during this debate because they were the Government's supporters. I hope that we will see similar privileges extended to members on this side of the House when important legislation comes before it next year. I trust the Opposition will not be held up to ridicule for delaying legislation by sabotage and other methods which honorable members opposite used on this occasion with impunity. 1 ask the Government to display in the future parliamentary statesmanship such as it has shown on this occasion. I hope that a new approach is to be adopted by the Treasurer. If he is trying to win friends in this way, let him adopt this attitude towards the Opposition. We would like to be friends with him, but we cannot do so when he continually gags debates.

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