Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Thursday, 16 May 1968


Mr BARNARD (Bass) - In view of what has been said by the Leader of the House, I think I should make one or two comments. I am sure that no arrangements were made concerning the second reading debate or the committee stages. Three more members of the Opposition wanted to speak at the second reading stage but the Leader of the House chose to gag the debate.


Mr Snedden - The honourable member asked me to gag the debate.


Mr BARNARD - That is what the Leader of the House did.


Mr Snedden - But the honourable member asked me to gag the debate.


Mr BARNARD - No, I did not.I want to make it perfectly clear that a number of Opposition members were listed to speak during the second reading debate. I agree that the list had been exhausted. But if other Opposition members chose to speak in the debate, they had a perfect right to do so. At the same time, I agree that the Leader of the House has the right to gag a debate if he believes it ought to be terminated. When I had discussions with the Leader of the House and the Government Whip, it was agreed that the House would not continue to debate this Bill into the early hours of the morning. The Leader of the House will remember this. I think it is perfectly legitimate, bearing in mind that it is now midnight and that three members of the Opposition have been refused the right to speak at the second reading stage, for the Opposition to request that consideration be adjourned at this stage. If the Leader of the House chooses to continue with the Committee stage then we are quite perpared to accept the challenge. Every member on this side of the House has a right to discuss every clause in the Bill. There is no agreement on this.

Clauses 1 to 13 - by leave - taken together, and agreed to.

Proposed new clause 13a.







Suggest corrections