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Friday, 1 May 1987
Page: 2476

Mr HUMPHREYS(4.27) —Madam Speaker--

Mr Beale —On a point of order, Madam Speaker--

Madam SPEAKER —I point out to the honourable member for Deakin that the Chair is constrained in that it has to call from the Opposition and then from the Government. Each side can have two calls, but not three. If someone has not had a go, that member gets the call.

Mr Beale —Even though it is the same side of the House?

Madam SPEAKER —Even though it is the same side. It is not a new rule; it is a rule that has been in operation for some time.

Mr Beale —Madam Speaker, I point out that the honourable member for Gippsland is available. It is not true that everybody has gone home. The honourable member for Gippsland is available to speak.

Madam SPEAKER —I have called the honourable member for Griffith. The Chair is also constrained by the Standing Orders.

Mr HUMPHREYS —Thank you, Madam Speaker. Honourable members opposite are trying to hinder me putting in my penneth worth in this interesting debate. I want to say just how divided the Liberals and the Nationals still are. It is worth while stating, for the benefit of members still present this evening and the people of Australia, that the Whips are still operating together and we still have a speakers list. It is good to see the Opposition Whip over there. I point out that the National Party of Australia is still running the Opposition, even though the National Party is a minority party and it is not supposed to be any part of Her Majesty's Opposition any more. We have only to look at the vote taken in the Senate on the regional television legislation, the Broadcasting Amendment Bill, where they did not support the people they purport to represent. So the National Party is still running the show in the Senate. Also they did not call for a division on the Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Bill, as was the case here. So Joh will be happy to know why the National Party senators did not force--

Madam SPEAKER —Order! It being 4.30 p.m., the debate is interrupted. The House stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, 4 May.

House adjourned at 4.30 p.m.