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Wednesday, 18 May 1960


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member had better come back to the motion.


Mr HAMILTON - I am trying to demonstrate, Mr. Speaker, that there is a bit of a skirmish to try to throw the onus for this Parliament's rising to-morrow or on Friday or Saturday, on to the shoulders of the Government. It is well known throughout this House and its precincts that some members of the Australian Labour Party are more anxious than any Government supporters to journey to the warm clime of Queensland to take part in the election campaign there. I do not blame them for that. I agree that that is part of their job. But they should not try to shelve the responsibility for the termination of this session on to Government supporters, particularly members of the Australian Country Party, as the honorable member for Lang did. It is not correct to say that we have wasted the time of the House.

I ask Opposition members to look at the record of the debates held since this session began early in March, and see what their own tactics have been. They have employed delaying tactics with a view to keeping the business of the House as much in arrears as they possibly could. Now the Government and its supporters are applying the pressure which was applied by Labour governments when there was no necessity for it. On one occasion in my first year in this Parliament I sat here continuously from Wednesday morning to Friday morning. Delaying tactics were never employed by the then Opposition. In view of what the present Opposition has been doing over a period I think that we should complete the business of this Parliament this week. But if Opposition members want to come back next week, the members of the Country Party are willing to do so.







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