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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3117


Mr YATES (Holt) -No words can possibly detract from the tremendous event which has just occurred in the Parliament; that is, for the first time for a great many years a private member has introduced and had passed an extremely important Bill which affects many Australians: Whatever the Opposition may say about it, it had the opportunity to do likewise. It fell to Senator Rae to bring forward the Bill and to the honourable member for Wilmot (Mr Burr) to introduce it in this House. He has created beyond doubt in the minds of the people in this country a feeling that the back bench members of the Liberal Party really concern themselves with legislation and are the people whom they can rely on to introduce private Bills to amend what they think to be wrong in any form of government Bill or government administration. Thanks to Tasmanians again, the people are able to perceive the ways in which a sensible Bill can be introduced to this House.

Nothing can be said more to their credit than that they have created in our Parliament and in this House an historic event. I hope that in the future they will introduce even more Bills from the back benches and that they will never fail to support their electors whenever they think the Government has not passed legislation which they believe is in their interest. As a back bench member interested in parliamentary procedure, there is nothing more for me to say than that it is a tremendous parliamentary event. I extend my congratulations to the honourable member for Wilmot (Mr Burr). I hope he will convey those sentiments to Senator Rae in the other place. I hope the Bill proceeds with great success and the acclaim of all of the back bench members of this House and of the Australian people.







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