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Thursday, 19 May 1960

Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES (Chisholm) , - Mr. Chairman, I support the honorable member for Lang (Mr. Stewart) in his request for information. At present, no one is opposing clause 5. We are merely seeking information. I made my protest yesterday at the way in which this measure is being dealt with, and I do not want to overplay my hand, as some other figures very much in the public eye these days seem to do. The difficulty over clause 5 is a typical illustration of what happens when a bill is brought in hurriedly and debated until four in the morning, with the consideration of the measure in committee following later on the same day without reasonable time being afforded for honorable members to examine the bill. The position of ordinary members is very difficult. We already have been presented with a circulated list of amendments coverins three pages, and I thank the Government for having drafted some of these amend ments at very short notice. However, private members have no call on a draftsman, and it is very difficult for them to understand a bill in these circumstances.

Clause 5 was not mentioned by the: Minister in his second-reading speech, it will alter certain conditions of employment very considerably. As it happens, an. honorable member who has gone through the measure hurriedly, as any one else would have to do, has picked it up. There may be other things of a similar naturethat ought to have our attention.

I do not propose to repeat the protest that I made yesterday at the way in which this measure is being pushed through. I merely point out once more that this Is not a proper way in which to conduct proceedings in this Parliament.

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