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Tuesday, 26 March 1968

Mr SNEDDEN (BRUCE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) - Last week I saw a report that the Parliament would conclude ils autumn sittings on 16th May. Repetition of that statement seems to have given it some aura of authenticity, lt is not an authentic statement, as I am sure honourable members opposite will know. On 15th February last I wrote a letter all Ministers, to the Opposition and to all Party Whips, pointing out the programme so far as it could at that point of time be certain.

It will be remembered that in that letter I said we would sit for 4 weeks and then have 3 weeks recess, occasioned by Easter and Anzac Day in juxtaposition. We would then return for 3 weeks and there would follow a normal week's recess. In that letter honourable members were alerted for a resumption of the sitting on 28th May. In that letter I stated also: lt is not possible to forecast an exact concluding date for the autumn sittings because this will be changed depending on progress of legislation which is to go before the Parliament.

That is still correct. It was my expectation at the time of writing the letter, as it now is, that we will sit into June. I might say that at about this time last year similar statements were made and subsequent events showed that those statements were quite unjustified.

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