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Thursday, 13 October 1949

Mr TURNBULL (Wimmera) .- I, too, place on record my objection to the proposal to limit the discussion of these Estimates. My objection is based on the fact that although the time proposed to be allotted is extremely limited, honorable members on this side of the House will not be allowed a fair share of the allotted time. Only one and a half hours are allotted for the consideration of matters of the highest importance and when an honorable member of this side of the House receives the call from the Chair-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member must confine his remarks to the motion before the Chair.

Mr TURNBULL - My point is that Ministers will be given unlimited scope and may well occupy almost the whole of the time allotted. The Government will thus be placed in a distinctly advantageous position. Apart, perhaps from the initial speaker honorable members on this side of the House will be given little or no opportunity to voice their objections or otherwise to the proposals placed before them. Honorable members opposite smile at such a suggestion. They regard the move to limit the discussion as smart political tactics. Honorable members on both sides of the House should be given equal opportunities to present their case. The Prime Minister (Mr. Chifley) is normally a fair-minded man.

Mr Conelan - Hear, hear !

Mr TURNBULL - I used the qualifying word " normally ". On this occasion the right honorable gentleman is acting abnormally. I object to the motion because it will give to Ministers opportunities that will be denied to Opposition members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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