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Thursday, 18 August 1960

Mr CREAN (Melbourne Ports) . - The resumption of this debate at this juncture comes as somewhat of a surprise to me. It is true that I am listed to take up the debate on this motion but I gathered the impression from those who are supposed to be in charge of the House that I would be able to continue until a quarter to one on the interesting subject of gold, not the subject of the National Library. I have not been given any indication that I would have to make a speech on the library to-day. I suggest that it might be wise to suspend the sitting for luncheon at this stage.

Sir Garfield Barwick - No. We cannot . do that.

Mr CREAN - If that is the way in which the Government is to conduct its business, it is all right by me, but I think that a little more consideration than this should be given to an Opposition. We have assisted the Government this morning by facilitating the moving of a motion relating to the gold-mining industry. I understood that action would be taken to permit me to continue my remarks on that subject until a quarter to one. It is sheer coincidence that the next item on the notice-paper is a motion held over from the last session on which I formally moved the adjournment of the debate. I am not ready to talk to it and I do not propose to go through the farce of talking on that subject until a quarter to one in order to keep the debate going. I suggest, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that you either call on another item of business or suspend the sitting until a quarter-past two.

Mr. DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr. Clark).Thequestion is -

That the paper be printed.

Mr CREAN - I suggest that we adjourn this debate and that the Government should choose the next item of business with which it wishes to deal.

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