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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1749

Mr SWARTZ (Darling Downs) (Minister for National Development) - I understand that the motion is to be amended slightly and I believe that the context of it will be that the matter, subject to other considerations, be referred back to the Standing Orders Committee. 1 think we would be quite happy to accept a recommendation to that effect. This is the procedure that has been suggested: If matters relating to Standing Orders come up for consideration, the Standing Orders Committee is the right body to consider them.

Mr Keating - I will accept the proposition suggested by the Minister for National Development and Leader of the House (Mr Swartz) if that is satisfactory to the mover of the motion.

Sir Winton Turnbull - On a point of order. Both the honourable member for

Bowman (Mr Keogh) and the honourable member for Blaxland (Mr Keating) referred to 'the session'. I do not want to be smart, but they seem to refer to the time from Tuesday 28th February this year. However, this session commenced on 3rd March 1970. I want to clarify whether they are dealing with the correct session, because we are only in the second session now.

Mr Martin - That point of order is not a point of order.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Jarman - Order! The honourable member for Mallee is making a point of order and I am listening to him and trying to understand it.

Sir Winton Turnbull - All I want to clarify is whether this matter, when it is submitted to the Standing Orders Committee, will be submited in the correct manner. Both the mover and the seconder referred to 'the session' of Parliament, but they named the session as being from 28th February. The session commenced on 3rd March, 1970, and all I want to know is what the motion refers to.

Mr Keating - I was asked by the honourable member for Mallee what I referred to. I am referring to the period from the start of this session, which was February of this year.

Sir Winton Turnbull - It was not; it started in 1970.

Mr Keating - The figures quoted were from the start of February. Does the honourable member for Mallee want an answer or does he want to tell me?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order! The question before the chair is that paragraph (b) be endorsed, and the Minister has accepted a proposal that the words proposed to be added be so added. The words proposed to be added were 'subject to clause (2) being referred back to the Committee'.

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - On a point of order. I seek your guidance, Mr Deputy Speaker. In view of the fact that the Leader of the Opposition, in comparison with his own backbenchers, had some 30 questions in that period, is it not more an internal matter for the Opposition rather than a matter for the Government?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order! The question is, That the words proposed to be added be added'.

Amendment agreed to.

Question, as amended, agreed to.

Suspension of Standing Orders

Motion (by Mr Bryant) - by leave - agreed to:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the moving of an amendment to the motion of the Leader of the House to include an amendment of the standing orders relating to the adjournment of the House each sitting day.

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