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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 1080


Mr SPEAKER - What is the honourable member rising for?


Mr Bryant - I want to know what the statement is about. The Minister has treated us with scant courtesy today. I will not give leave unless he explains what it is.


Mr SPEAKER - Would the Minister like to say something?


Mr CHIPP - I would just like to explain, out of courtesy to members of the Opposition, why the debate on the tariff proposal which was just lodged by the Minister for Trade and Industry (Mr Anthony) has been adjourned and why an opportunity could not be given to the

Opposition to study it beforehand. It seems to me that there has been a misunderstanding in this regard.


Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.


Mr CHIPP - As the honourable member for Lalor (Dr J. F. Cairns) knows, a Minister can table a tariff proposal at any time. This is provided for in Standing Orders and there are very good reasons for it. Advance notice given to anyone about tariff proposals can affect stock exchanges, and so on. Therefore, normally, they are tabled after 4 p.m. This particular tariff proposal was no different. For the convenience of the House instead of myself as the Minister for Customs and Excise tabling the proposal, as is normally done and this being followed by a statement by the Minister for Trade and Industry, we thought that it would shorten the time occupied by the proceedings if my colleague, the Minister for Trade and Industry, handled both matters at the one time. I give an assurance to the House that there was no intention to delude the House or to keep anything from honourable members.


Mr Barnard - Mr Speaker, I am sorry that this has happened, but I can assure-


Mr SPEAKER







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