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Thursday, 18 August 1960

Mr CREAN (Melbourne Ports) . -I suggest, in view of the absence from the House of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) who had secured the adjournment of this debate, that it should be treated in the same way as the debate on the National Library and adjourned until the next day of sitting. Again I suggest a suspension of the sitting. Indeed, I shall have to intervene in only one more item of business and it will be a quarter to one. I understood the original intention to be to continue the debate on gold until that hour, and I thought that I had taken the steps necessary to secure that. Apparently, because the procedure of the House precludes a revival of that debate, we have had to go on to other matters. I do not think that this is a very good way to do business. It is not fair to the Leader of the Opposition, who secured the adjournment of the debate on the incidents in the Latrobe Valley and who should be given the opportunity to resume it. Surely it is incumbent upon you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to say that this is an appropriate time to go to lunch.

Sir Garfield Barwick - We cannot do that.

Mr CREAN - You can say at five to six or at a quarter to six that it is an appropriate time to go to dinner, so why can you not say at twenty to one that it is an appropriate time to go to lunch?

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