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Thursday, 25 September 1958

Mr CREAN (Melbourne Ports) . - I should like to ask the House to remember where my deputy leader started in this matter. Mr. Speaker, I think this is a question that should be finally directed to you. It is a question whether the Standing Orders provide an opportunity for reports, such as the one now being discussed, to be debated. In my viewand this debate is a good example - it would be bad for the Standing Orders to do that. It is well known that the practice in the House of Commons is simply to table reports such as this one, and opportunities do arise for honorable members to raise matters which they feel require further discussion. I think that the debate this morning has been valuable for two reasons. It demonstrates the healthy differences of opinion that exist within the Labour party. It also shows the tolerance that exists in the Labour party.

Mr Calwell - And the charity.

Mr CREAN - At one time I was a member of this committee. The committee was very valuable in the past and, as far as I know, it still is valuable. But I think, Sir, that when you next call together your committee on standing orders, if you ever do, it might consider whether, in respect of reports such as the one now before the House, the mere motion that the paper be printed, without any debate ensuing, is the most suitable way to present the reports.

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