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Tuesday, 28 May 1968

Mr BRYANT (Wills) - We seem to have reached the stage of government by public clamour rather than by the Parliament. The Government never accepts any amendment from this side of the chamber. I suppose in the 12 years that I have been here it has accepted only two or three. Yet it yields to pressure from leader writers and from other organisations, estimable as they may be. Whilst I approve the fact that the Government is prepared to bend in these matters, the last people consulted are the members of this House, whether on this side of the chamber or on the other. It is a piece of conceit on the part of honourable members on the other side if they think that any of them has any effect whatsoever. They are the largest group of rubber stamps in the Australian community. They have nothing to offer except to come in here and support the insupportable and defend the indefensible. There is not a decent democratic spirit on the other side prepared to stand and speak for his rights and for the rights of the Parliament.

Motion (by Mr Snedden) agreed to:

That the question be now put.

Amendment agreed to.

Question put:

That the clause, as amended, be agreed to.

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