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Wednesday, 27 May 1987
Page: 3464

(Question No. 5313)

Mr Adermann asked the Leader of the House, upon notice, on 30 April 1987:

1. Is it a fact that the House of Representatives Notice Paper has had the resumption of debate on the Flags Amendment Bill 1984 (1985) listed as a general business order of the day since 28 February 1985.

2. Is he able to say whether the Bill has been the subject of many supporting petitions to the Parliament.

3. Will the Government make time available to facilitate debate and resolution; if so, when.

Mr Young —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

1. Yes.

2. Yes.

3. No. The Government has previously indicated publicly and unequivocally that it has no intention of changing the Australian Flag. The Government feels the time of the House would be used more productively debating the considerable number of major policy issues which the Parliament will be required to consider in this Sitting and Budget Sittings.